Many epidemiological studies measure adiposity (obesity) through the surrogate BMI via self reported measures of height and weight. As I have mentioned before, there are many problems with this. But how can we improve on this while maintaining our level of accuracy and not using a direct measure requiring a more intensive doctor visit?
Two ideas to use along with BMI:
1. Waist size - pant size for men, dress size for women
2. Bench press - probably more reasonable for men. Could use max (weight you can bench press once), or weight you can bench press ten times.
I am currently a grad student studying cancer epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. I am interested in the topics to be discussed such as sports, politics, finance, and health. I should be busy the next few years with school, so posts may be sparse.
1. The Obesity Epidemic in America 2. Top causes of death for young males/females 3. Fantasy Sports 4. Political Examples - polling 5. Baseball (sabermetrics) 6. Geospatial Mapping 7. Inequalities in Health and Income 8. Disease Etiology on a Gene vs. Environment Level 9. Cancer - particularly in the young 10. Personal finance/stocks - active vs. index mutual funds 11. A drunkard's walk - gambler's fallacy, overvaluing celebrities 12. Doctors vs. Epidemiologists