Criteria and classification of obesity in Japan and Asia-Oceania.

  title={Criteria and classification of obesity in Japan and Asia-Oceania.},
  author={Masao Kanazawa and Nobuo Yoshiike and Toshimasa Osaka and Yoshio Numba and Paul Z. Zimmet and Shuji Inoue},
  journal={World review of nutrition and dietetics},
In 1997 when WHO initiated the formation of the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF), the Task Force proposed the cut-offs for overweight and obesity as BMI 25 and BMI 30, respectively. If we accept the criteria of BMI ≥ 30 to indicate obesity, it would appear that the prevalence of obesity in Japan of less than 3% has changed little during the last 40 years, and we cannot explain the rapid increase in incidence of obesityassociated chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and… 

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