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7/13/10 11:37 A

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Do you have the actual link to that article you mentioned?

I have a teenage son. I was wanting info. for older adolescents in terms of neck circumference measurements that are predictive.
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7/13/10 8:09 A

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7/11/10 9:25 A

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I notice the study was on neck circumference of adolescents. It would be interesting if the same applies for adults like us. Until then, I would classify this info under "Hmm Interesting".

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besides abdominal fat, I get the bloated face. not a good look.

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Ne too, Mr. Net. I can always tell I'm either holding too much water or gaining too much fat in my abs first. They lose their cut.

Second place? My hips. Of course, I'm a woman. I'll bet you guys don't get saddlebags the way I do. :-)

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emoticon Nitro'

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I use the same method. when I can't see abs anymore I know its time to diet down again. im getting pretty close.

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You're right...
Muscle weight can "trick" someone to believe she/he is overweight.

Not to be "funny" here...
But I can tell I'm starting to be in trouble...

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emoticon And simply doin' "pushups" won't cut it, A PROPER DIET, DOES! emoticon

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7/9/10 1:01 A

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bmi has always been a flawed system. According to bmi I'm morbidly obese. Unfortunately the only real way to accurately measure for obesity is to measure the actual fat a person has. Easier said than done. hydrostatic testing does this but its not a convenient method and is expensive. so then we have to settle for the closest estimator we can come up with. neck measuring seems to be it at the moment.



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Neck size may be better indicator of weight issues than body mass index




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Ann Arbor, Mich. --- Body mass index, a well-known method used to determine overweight and obesity in children, may not be the best way to describe distribution of body fat.

Rather the size of a child’s neck may better predict childhood obesity, according to a study by the University of Michigan Health System published in the August issue of Pediatrics.

BMI does not adequately describe regional distribution of fat, such as in the upper body, which is a better indicator of some obesity-related complications such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.

Olubukola O. Nafiu, M.D., a pediatric anesthesiologist at the U-M Health System, and his colleagues, examined the usefulness of measuring neck circumference to identify children with high BMI by taking measurements of more than 1,100 children aged 6 to 18 years old.

They found neck circumference correctly identified a high proportion of young children and adolescents who were overweight or obese. For example, a 6-year-old boy with a neck circumference greater than 28.5 centimeters is nearly 4 times more likely to be overweight or obese than a boy with a smaller neck size.

Study authors suggest neck circumference is a simple technique that could be used to screen for overweight and obesity in children.

Additional U-M authors include Kevin K. Temper, M.D., chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Constance Burke, BSN, Joyce Lee, M.D., MPH, Terri Voepel-Lewis, MSN, and Sobha Malviya, M.D., associate director of pediatric anesthesiology.


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