Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor
In Reply: We agree with Dr Lesser that there
are limitations in using BMI to estimate body fatness in professional football
players. We stated this in our Research Letter, which we do not feel misled
readers into believing that increased BMI, particularly at the lower range,
equates with obesity. Lesser questions the assertion that the extreme weights
seen in some NFL players are not due to increases in lean body mass alone.
We look forward to seeing definitive studies of body composition and risk
factor assessment in professional and amateur athletes with high BMIs. Until
then, we and others cannot assume that one’s status as a professional
athlete guarantees leanness and health.
Harp JB, Hecht L. Obesity in the NFL—Reply. JAMA. 2005;293(24):2999. doi:10.1001/jama.293.24.2999-b