Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The origin of the "ideal" body weight equations

In the study to provide a historical perspective on the origin and similarity of the "ideal" body weight (IBW) equations, and clarify the terms ideal and lean body weight (LBW), showed that The weight data were found to correlate with mortality and resulted in the use of the terms desirable or ideal to describe these weights. Over the years, IBW was interpreted to represent a "fat-free" weight and thus was used as a surrogate for LBW. In addition, the pharmacokinetics of certain drugs were found to correlate with IBW and resulted in the use of IBW equations published by Devine. These equations were consistent with an old rule that was developed from height-weight tables to estimate IBW. Efforts to improve the IBW equations through regression analyses of height-weight data resulted in equations similar to those published by Devine(1).

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(1) "The origin of the "ideal" body weight equations" by Pai MP, Paloucek FP.