Publication Date

January 2003

Publication Details

Levy, A, Measuring Overweight: A Note, Working Paper 03-11, Department of Economics, University of Wollongong, 2003.


The Body Mass Index (BMI) provides a biased assessment of individual weight condition when there are substantial frame and muscle size deviations from the average for a given height. A method for overcoming this problem is presented. It allows an unbiased assessment of the individual level and degree of overweight and of the prevalence and intensity of overweight within the population.