DRC member Wei Bao’s study finds that some people considered to be a normal weight could be at high risk for obesity related health issues

DRC member Wei Bao has received national press coverage including a segment on NPR for his recent publication, “Association of Normal-Weight Central Obesity With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality Among Postmenopausal Women”. The article investigates that older women with a normal BMI are still at high risk for obesity related health issues. The condition, known as “central obesity”, a concentration of fat around the abdomen can occur even if it’s not enough to shift a person’s BMI into the “obese range”. The study found that a waist size over 35 inches significantly increased the risk of an early death for older women, even if their BMI was in the normal range.

Click here to read Dr. Bao’s publication. 

Press coverage: 

IowaNow

Science Daily

MINNPOST

Everyday Health

WebMD

Medpage Today

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