Height, Weight, and Body Mass Index in Childhood

Authored by: Ellen W. Demerath , Stefan A. Czerwinski , Wm. Cameron Chumlea

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
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In childhood, height (stature) and weight are the two most frequently used measures of growth and nutritional status. In addition, indices of weight for height, especially BMI, are used as a proxy for body fatness or obesity. As growth is the most sensitive indicator of overall health in childhood, it is essential that accurate measurements be made on a regular basis during routine health supervision of children and adolescents to identify and address significant deviations in a timely manner.

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