Harvard Heart Letter

Overweight vs overfat: Is your scale lying to you?

You may be storing unhealthy amounts of body fat even if your weight appears normal. For decades, the body mass index (BMI) has been the gold standard for gauging obesity-related heart disease risk. But this handy tool doesnít always tell the whole story. It extrapolates your body fat percentage based on your height and weight (see www.health.harvard.edu/bmi-calculator). But the formula canít assess how or where your body stores its excess fat …

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