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Glossary: body mass index, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

body mass index

(BAH-dee mas IN-dex)

A measure that relates body weight to height. BMI is sometimes used to measure total body fat and whether a person is a healthy weight. Excess body fat is linked to an increased risk of some diseases including heart disease and some cancers. Also called BMI.

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