Body weight and mortality.

  title={Body weight and mortality.},
  author={R F Kushner},
  journal={Nutrition reviews},
  volume={51 5},
Over the years ideal or desirable weights have been associated with the lowest mortality and defined in a number of ways. The widely used height-weight tables of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, developed in the 1940s, have been supplanted in the last decade by new weight standards based on findings of several population-based studies that compared body weight to mortality. The Quetelet or body mass index (BMI), now used as the de facto criterion for defining a desirable weight index… CONTINUE READING


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