April 11, 2012 - Americans may be more overweight than they think. The body mass index or BMI is currently used to determine obesity. A study by the nonprofit Path Foundation in New York City finds BMI significantly underestimates the number of people who are obese. And, the measure is possibly more misleading for women.
Researchers say measuring the percentage of body fat is more accurate, because it differentiates fat, muscle mass and bone.
The study is published in the journal PLoS One.
Also, in Valdosta, The Mildred Hunter Community Center is stepping up the fight against childhood obesity. They've installed about $40,000 dollars worth of new excercise equipment. The Valdosta-Lowndes Parks and Recreation Authority approved the new equipment. The center will also be teaching family fitness classes. The Mildred Hunter Community Center is located on South Fry Street. Excercise classes are on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7PM.