The heritability of body mass index among an international sample of monozygotic twins reared apart.

@article{Allison1996TheHO,
  title={The heritability of body mass index among an international sample of monozygotic twins reared apart.},
  author={David B. Allison and Jaakko M Kaprio and Maarit Korkeila and Markku Koskenvuo and Michael C. Neale and Kazuo Hayakawa},
  journal={International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders : journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity},
  year={1996},
  volume={20 6},
  pages={501-6}
}
BACKGROUND Published heritability estimates (h2) for body mass index (BMI) range from as low as 0.05 to as high as 0.90. The purpose of this paper is to introduce new data to help narrow the range of plausible estimates. SUBJECTS Subjects were 53 pairs (23 M; 30 F) of monozygotic twins reared apart (MZAs), whose mean BMI was 24.2 (SD = 4.7). BMI's were transformed to approximate normality via the Box-Cox transformation. Twin paris came from the Finnish Twin Cohort (17 pairs), a data base of… CONTINUE READING