Body adiposity index, body mass index, and body fat in white and black adults

Tiago V. Barreira, Deirdre M. Harrington, Amanda E. Staiano, Steven B. Heymsfield, Peter T. Katzmarzyk

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To the Editor: Body mass index (BMI) is widely used as a proxy for body fat and has been shown to correlate with other measures of adiposity.1 However, its use is limited by differences in body fatness for a given BMI across age, sex, and race.2,3 To address this limitation, Bergman et al4 developed the body adiposity index (BAI) in samples of Mexican-American and black individuals. However, no sex-specific information was provided, and it is unknown how well BAI performs in white individuals. We investigated the sex-specific relationship between both BMI and BAI and body fat in white and black adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)828-830
Number of pages3
JournalJ. Am. Med. Assoc.
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2011


  • adult
  • aged
  • anthropometry
  • body fat
  • body height
  • body mass
  • body weight
  • Caucasian
  • controlled study
  • dual energy X ray absorptiometry
  • fat mass
  • female
  • gender
  • hip circumference
  • Hispanic
  • human
  • letter
  • male
  • Negro
  • normal human
  • obesity
  • priority journal
  • race
  • race difference
  • article
  • ethnology
  • middle aged
  • reference value
  • regression analysis
  • sex difference
  • statistics


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