Published Papers - Abstract 465

van Uffelen J & Brown W. BMI and longevity in women: a time for reflection? Maturitas, 2010; 67(4): 294-295

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a body mass index range of 18.5–25 kg/m2 for optimal health in adults aged 18+ years, with BMI 25–30 kg/m2 categorized as ‘overweight’ and >30 kg/m2 as ‘obese’. Although it is likely that the health consequences of overweight and obesity change with increasing age, there are no distinctions in the BMI recommendations for young, mid-aged and older adult women.