Are You Fat? Ask Your Neck.

Are You Fat? Ask Your Neck.

Are You Fat? Ask Your Neck.

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July 7 2010 5:25 PM

Are You Fat? Ask Your Neck.

A study in the journal Pediatrics this week suggests that neck circumference could be a more useful measure than Body Mass Index for identifying obesity in children. CNN reports:

The authors found that a 6-year-old boy with a neck circumference greater than 11.2 inches was 3.6 times more likely to be overweight or obese than a peer below that level. Using the data, they devised neck measurements at which children could be at higher association with overweight and obesity.

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Body mass index, which compares someone's height to his or her weight, is notorious for being confusingly abstract and for producing and reifying ridiculous results .