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The Challenges of Interpreting BMI in Children with Obesity

28 days ago   |   By The Journal of Pediatrics

In this volume of The Journal Freedman et al,address an important issue for the pediatric clinical care and research communities on how to quantify and monitor children and adolescents with very high BMI measurements.(1) BMI is widely available, easily calculated, and a useful indicator of health risk across the life cycle. However, in children, interpretation of BMI as an indicator of nutritional status and health risk is dependent on comparison of an individual's measurements with age and sex-specific reference ranges.
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