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These Premier League Players Have Been Classed As ‘Overweight’

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Premier League stars such as Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Memphis and Wilfried Bony could be deemed overweight by NHS standards.

The Manchester Evening News have revealed a list of those Premier League footballers that are over the overweight threshold of the health service’s guideline of 25 BMI.

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated using height and weight. NHS guidelines state that if your BMI is 25 or above then you should think about losing weight. Those who worry that their favourite player is a health risk need not worry, though.

The BMI measurement is fundamentally flawed. BMI strictly measures weight, rather than what the weight consists of (whether it be muscle or fat). Under it’s classification, these players, along with many rugby players – are unhealthily overweight – despite being well-tuned athletes.

At the top of the scales is Norwich defender Martin Olsson with a BMI of 28. The full list of 26 Premier League players in total can be viewed below.

(Infographic via M.E.N)

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