BMI app helps measure health risk – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Using a BMI or Body Mass Index measurement, is a way of assessing weight and health risks. Karen Donato, a coordinator of overweight and obesity research applications at the NIH explains.
Donato: Although BMI can be used for most men and women, it does have some limits in that it can overestimate body fat in athletes or others who have a lot of muscle, or it can also underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle.
Narrator: In general, a higher BMI means higher risk for obesity-related diseases such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. For details, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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