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Oct. 20 2010 12:00 AM

A new obesity measurement for the 21st Century, which can help identify individuals at risk of illness such as heart disease, strokes and diabetes, has been officially launched.

The Body Volume Index (BVI), designed by Select Research, uses a 3D white-light scanner to calculate risk factors associated with a person's body shape and type, through analysis of weight and body fat distribution.

Ian Nabney, Professor of Computer Science at Aston has led research on body composition analysis for the Body Volume Index, which is proposed as a new benchmark for healthcare and a replacement for the Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is the current recognised standard for measurement of the human body for obesity, which is based solely on height and weight.

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