Identification Of Obesity And Cardiovascular Risk In Ethnically And Racially Diverse Populations

Published: July 06, 2015

  • The American Heart Association (AHA) describes limitations of current simple measures, such as the use of BMI with standard thresholds to identify overweight and obesity, as applied to racial and ethnic minorities.
  • The statement addresses potential measurement alternatives, as well as the diagnosis of obesity based on multiple risk factors, including race and ethnicity.
  • Key recommendations are made for clinical practice, research, and public health for improved identification of obesity and cardiovascular risks in a racially and ethnically diverse population.