D.B. Stefan et al., "Theory and Practical Steps to Introducing a New 3D Public Health Indicator to Replace BMI Using Existing Population-Based Multidimensional Reference Measurement Sets", in Proc. of 5th Int. Conf. on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 2014, pp. 299-312, doi:10.15221/14.299.
Theory and Practical Steps to Introducing a New 3D Public Health Indicator to Replace BMI Using Existing Population-Based Multidimensional Reference Measurement Sets
David B. Stefan 1, Stephen D. Wohlgemuth 2,3, David A. Gilbert 4
1 Novaptus Systems, Inc. Chesapeake, VA, USA;
2 Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, USA;
3 Sentara Comprehensive Weight Loss Solutions, Norfolk, VA, USA;
4 The Hague Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center, Norfolk, VA, USA
Body Mass Index is an aging public health indicator obesity measurement, based solely on height and weight. Despite its shortcomings, it has gained acceptance over time primarily because of its simplicity, and it has been applied not only to individuals, but also to various population groups. Calls to replace BMI with a more modern indicator within the medical community have been growing louder, but the medical community moves very slow and acceptance of a multidimensional health indicator appears to most to be far off. However, by using multinational 3D sizing studies done over the years by the clothing industry, the introduction of a 3D public health indicator as well as a multidimensional population measurement reference set can be implemented in the very near future.
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