Ideal Body Mass Index Goal

Scientists have identified a new ideal body mass index: between 20.0 and 24.9. BMI is the most commonly used measure for body fat. A study in the Dec. 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found a BMI level in that range yields the lowest risk of death from diseases associated with being overweight and obesity, such as heart disease and stroke. Obesity has become a major problem in the U.S., with some studies saying more than two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese.

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