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New way to measure fat offers BMI alternative

Researchers developed a new way to measure body fat that relies on height and hip measurements rather than height and weight measurements.

March 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Researchers developed a new way to measure body fat that could replace the traditional body mass index method.

The body adiposity index, or BAI, relies on height and hip measurements.

It's meant to offer a more flexible alternative to the currently used body mass index, or BMI, which uses height and weight measurements.

Experts say the BAI method is especially useful in areas of the world where body weight cannot be reliably measured.


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