Letter: Fighting flab?

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your report on the "disease" of obesity (13 March) describes the Body Mass Index (weight in kilos divided by height in metres squared) and says a person with an index over 25 is considered overweight, and over 30 obese.

For the Bruno/Tyson fight on Saturday, Bruno weighed in at 111 kilos with a height of 1.91 metres - an index of 30.43. Tyson, too, has an index above 30. Are these superb athletes obese? Clearly other factors are important in making medical judgements about body weight.

Charles Loving

Newport, Isle of Wight

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