Body silhouettes as a tool to reflect obesity in the past

Our study suggests that body silhouettes are a useful epidemiological tool to reflect obesity in the past in adult women and men.

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Body silhouettes

Life course data on obesity may enrich the quality of epidemiologic studies analysing health consequences of obesity. However, achieving such data may require substantial resources. We investigated the use of body silhouettes in adults as a tool to reflect obesity in the past. Our study suggests that body silhouettes are a useful epidemiological tool, enabling retrospective differentiation of obesity and non-obesity in adult women and men.

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