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Body fat rather than weight should be considered when assessing a patient’s health, study finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 08 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1360
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Keeping body fat low may be more important than maintaining a low body mass index (BMI), a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found.1

The researchers said that their findings may help to explain the “obesity paradox” whereby some studies have found lower mortality rates in people with chronic diseases who are overweight or mildly obese than in those …

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