Herman M. Frankel, MD; Jean C. Staeheli
To the Editors: The 1985 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Panel on Health Implications of Obesity recommended that physicians adopt the body mass index (BMI) (body weight in kilograms divided by square of height in meters) in evaluating patients (1). The 1992 NIH Technology Assessment Conference Panel on Methods for Voluntary Weight Loss and Control noted its importance as "a widely used means to define overweight" (2). Nomograms and tables for determining BMI have long been available, as has the Portland Health Institute Body Mass Index Graph (3). More than 1000 free copies have been mailed after receipt
Frankel HM, Staeheli JC. Calculating Body Mass Index. Ann Intern Med. 1992;117:698–699. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-8-698_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(8):698-699.
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