Body mass excess

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Body mass excess


The body mass excess with respect to the healthy reference population, HRP, is defined as BME ≝ m/m°. A balanced BME is BME°=1.0. Considering a height of 1.7 m, overweight (BMI=25) is reached at a weight gain of 25 % (BME=1.25); obesity and severe obesity (BMI=30 and 35) are reached at a weight gain of 50 % and 75 % (BME=1.5 and 1.75, respectively).

Abbreviation: BME

Reference: Gnaiger 2019 MiP2019

Healthy reference population, HRP
Standing height (extrapolated >1.8 m) and reference body mass, and body mass index at a balanced body mass excess, BME=1.

BME at height 1.2 - 1.4 m


BME at height 1.4 - 1.6 m


BME at height 1.6 - 1.8 m

BME 1.6-1.8.png

BME at height 1.8 - 2.1 m


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