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Table 4 BMI cut-offs for diagnosing overweight and undernutrition (Chronic energy deficiency) among Ethiopian adults

From: Optimal cut-off for obesity and markers of metabolic syndrome for Ethiopian adults

Nutritional status Optimal BMI cut-off (kg/m2)
Males Females
Obesea > 22.2 > 24.5
Overweight 21.6–22.2 23.1–24.5
Normalb 18.3- 21.5 21.9–23.0
Mild to Moderate Chronic Energy deficiency 15.5–18.2 20.6–21.8
Severe Chronic Energy Deficiency < 15.5 < 20.6
  1. aObesity cut-off was generated from the ROC analyses using WHO cut-off for obesity based on body fat percent > 25% for males and > 35% [29,30,31,32] as binary classifier
  2. bThe normal BMI cut-off was determined as a range between Chronic energy deficiency and Overweight