The science of nutrition and healthy eating
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The science of nutrition and healthy eating

4.4 Different BMI classifications for some population groups

In 2004, new BMI categories were stated for many Asian populations as additional trigger points for public health action (see Table 2) with:

  • 23 kg/m2or higher representing increased risk
  • 27.5 kg/m2 or higher representing high risk.

Table 2 BMI classifications for the Asian population

CategoryBMI (kg/m2)
Underweightless than 18.5
Increasing but acceptable risk18.5 to 23
Increased risk23 to 27.5
High risk27.5 or higher
(Source: WHO, 2004)

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