Study: Millions more middle-aged are obese

Source: BBC News [UK State Media]

“Millions of middle-aged people have been mistakenly led to believe they are not obese, according to an Italian study that looked at body fat instead of weight related to height. Using a new, lower cut-off for obesity would give a truer picture of who is affected, the researchers say. With age, muscle declines and fat builds up around organs in the waist region, often with no change in weight. The challenge is to find a tool that easily screens for obesity. The standard way of categorising people’s weight is by calculating their body mass index, or BMI, which means dividing an adult’s weight in kilograms by the square of their height in metres. It is a quick and easy method, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), and pretty accurate in most people most of the time — but cannot differentiate between fat, muscle and bone.” (05/15/24)