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What is a healthy body weight?

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 03 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:c

The prevalence of obesity (body mass index (kg/m2) >30) has almost doubled in men and women in England and Wales over the past decade. On p 1311 Shaper et al use data from the British regional heart study of 7735 middle aged men to determine the relation between body mass index and cardiovascular risk factors, risk of mortality, and incidence of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes over 15 years. The study concludes that a healthy body mass index in middle aged men is around 22.