Clinical researchers from the BAU identified new BMI cut off point for obesity in Lebanon

29 May 2020


Obesity is a growing health problem, with prevalence increasing continually worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) an in individuals is affected by obesity when having a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30 Kg/m2. However this cut-off point has been determined in certain populations (i.e., Western populations) and its validity is not a certainty in others, where available literature reports inconsistent evidence and raises the need to test the accuracy of evidence in several ethnic groups, foremost in those from North Africa and Middle East countries. For this reason, in a large- and representative-sampled study, conducted by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at BAU and has been recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health – MDPI (IF=2.468), researchers revised and were able to identified new BMI cut-off points (≥31.5 Kg/m2) for defining obesity in the Lebanese population, concluding that the existing obesity guidelines in Lebanon, need revising. For more information: