The objective of this study was to examine the association between BMI and mortality in Bangladeshi women. It was carried out using a cohort of 1888 rural Bangladeshi women (mean age: 27.9 y) was followed over 19 y. Height, weight, arm circumference, fertility, and socioeconomic data were obtained between 1975 and 1979. Mortality, loss-to-follow-up, and additional socioeconomic data were identified by the demographic surveillance system of the International Centre for Health and Population Research, Bangladesh. Proportional hazards regression was used to examine the relation between BMI and all-cause mortality.
Hosegood, V.; Campbell, O.M.R. Body mass index, height, weight, arm circumference, and mortality in rural Bangladeshi women: a 19-year longitudinal study. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2003) 77: 341-347.