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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 1526175, 4 pages
Case Report

Combining Body Mass and Shape Indices in Clinical Practice

1Metro Detroit Diabetes and Endocrinology, Southfield, MI 48034, USA
2City College of New York, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031, USA

Received 8 October 2015; Accepted 11 February 2016

Academic Editor: Luis García-Marcos

Copyright © 2016 Jesse C. Krakauer and Nir Y. Krakauer. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We present preliminary clinical experience with combined consideration of the commonly used BMI (body mass index) and the newly developed ABSI (a body shape index) using a point of care anthropometric calculator for comparisons of index values and associated relative risks to population normals. In a series of 282 patients, BMI and ABSI were close to being independently distributed, supporting the value of considering both indices. Three selected cases illustrate scenarios where assessment of ABSI together with BMI could inform patient care and counseling. These data suggest that combined assessment of BMI and ABSI may prove useful in clinical practice.