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CiteWeb id: 20000000015

CiteWeb score: 13638

DOI: 10.1136/bmj.320.7244.1240

This study aimed to develop an internationally acceptable definition of child overweight and obesity specifying the measurement reference population and age and sex specific cut off points. Data on body mass index (weight/height) were obtained from 6 large nationally representative cross sectional surveys on growth from Brazil Great Britain Hong Kong the Netherlands Singapore and the US. The study included 97876 males and 94851 females from birth to 25 years of age. For each of the surveys centile curves were drawn that at age 18 years passed through the widely used cut-off points of 25 and 30 kg/sq. m for adult weight and obesity. The resulting curves were averaged to provide age- and sex-specific cut-off points from 2 to 18 years. The proposed cut off points which are less arbitrary and more internationally based than current alternatives should help to provide internationally comparable prevalence rates of overweight and obesity in children.

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