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Wei Sheng Yan Jiu. 2001 Nov;30(6):339-42, 349.

[Distributions of body mass index of Chinese adults].

[Article in Chinese]

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  • 1Institute of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Beijing 100050, China.


Based on the Third China National Nutrition Survey conducted in 1992, the distribution of body mass index (BMI) in 44,485 adults aged 20-60 y was analyzed, and the cutoff points of BMI for overweight and obesity were also explored. The results showed that the BMI of Chinese adults was in logarithmic normal distribution. The average BMI of this population was 22.1 +/- 3.1. The 50th, 85th and 95th percentiles of BMI were 21.6, 24.9 and 27.4 kg/m2 respectively. The 85th percentile of BMI was much closer to the BMI cutoff points for overweight recommended by WHO, but the 95th percentile was much lower than WHO's cutoff points for obesity. The distribution of BMI based on age, gender and urban/rural areas was different and with statistical significance. It is considered that age and gender should be taken into account while setting up BMI cutoff points for the overweight and obesity of a population, as well as considering the relationships among BMI and morbidity and mortality, body fat composition, and some blood biochemical indexes.

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