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Body Mass Index - A Measure of Chronic Energy Deficiency in Adults

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This document highlights the advantages of the Body Mass Index (BMI) as a responsive and useful index of the nutritional status of the adult in a community. After defining chronic energy deficiency, the authors examine the following issues:

- BMI as a reflection of body energy stores
- BMI as an indicator of CED
- BMI and factors affecting access to food
- Functional consequences of low BMI in adults
- Health and BMI
- BMI distribution in developed and developing countries

Serving as a valuable nutrition monitoring tool for effects of nutrition improvement programmes, the document seeks to be of use to government agencies, research institutes, universities and others carrying out nutrition monitoring.