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Table 1 The comparison of BMI classifications between Japan and WHO. BMI classification of Japan and WHO. Comparison of BMI classification of obesity in Japan and obesity classification according to the WHO

From: A comparative study of food habits and body shape perception of university students in Japan and Korea

BMI Japan (2000) WHO (1998)
<18.5 underweight underweight
18.5-<25 normal weight normal weight
25-<30 obese 1 preobese
30-<35 obese 2 obese class I
35-<40 obese 3 obese class II
40 obese 4 obese class III