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Using Body Shape To Predict Mortality Risk

Aug 20, 2019
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: Kassey  James, Pharm.D. Candidate, LECOM School of Pharmacy

One noted limitation of body mass index to define obesity is the inability to include body shape in the formula. Previous research has indicated that central obesity (a.k.a. abdominal obesity) is associated with worse health outcomes, but there is limited evidence about patients with a normal body mass index that have central obesity. A recent study evaluated whether central obesity was related to negative health outcomes in those with a normal body mass index....

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