2018, Number 1
Rev Salud Publica Nutr 2018; 17 (1)
Comparison of perceived weight as ideal against ideal body weight formulas and body mass index of 22 kg/m2 in young adult women
Ramirez LE, Puente HD, Negrete LNL, Serna-Gutierrez A, Calderón-Ramos Z, Omaña-Covarrubias A, Flores-Guillen E, Tijerina-Sáenz A
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Formulas of ideal body weight (IBW) including the body mass index (BMI) of 22 kg/m2
are used under the
assumption to provide a healthy weight. Objective:
We compare the perceived ideal body weight (PIBW) with the calculated
IBW by formulas and the BMI of 22. Methods:
We recruited 705 women (20-25 y). Six common formulas and 2 published
equations by our team were used. Results:
Group regression analysis determined that including the frame size improves the
agreement of formulas of Robinson et al, Hammond and Hamwi with the PIBW (p›0.05). Individually, the concordance
analysis (higher % of differences ‹2 kg: PIBW - IBW by formula), determined that for a measured BMI ‹20, only the Faspyn 1
formula needs to be adjusted by frame size; while Robinson et al, Hammond, Tokunaga (BMI of 22), Faspyn 2 (BMI of 22) and
Broca, are equivalent with the PIBW in different intervals of BMI. Conclusions:
According to the BMI perceived as overweight
) and perceived as ideal (21.1 kg/m2
), caution is suggested when using the IBW formulas for BMI of 22 as
a diagnosis. The IBW formulas and BMI of 22 does not necessarily represent a desirable or aesthetic weight.
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