If you can measure it, it must be important: Ear lobe vs ear lobe vs body fat

If you can measure it, it must be important — a principle demonstrated in this study:

Predicting visceral obesity based on facial characteristics,” Bum Ju Lee and Jong Yeol Kim, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2014, 14:248. The authors, at the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, report:

No studies on the best predictor of visceral obesity based on facial characteristics have been reported. The aims of the present study were to investigate the association of visceral obesity with facial characteristics…

[The distance between both inferior ear lobes] was the best indicator of the normal and viscerally obese subjects in the following groups: Men-18-50, Men-50-80, and Women-18-50. In contrast, [mandibular width] was the strongest predictor in Women-50-80.

Here’s detail from the study

ear lobes etc

There’s further indication that this article must be important: It is currently ranked #1 in the F1000 Prime article recommendations list:

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