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
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b15294-43

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Abstract

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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