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Establishing a standard definition for child overweight and obesity worldwide: international survey

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7244.1240 (Published 06 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1240

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Definition of overweight and obesity in children: software for clinical and epidemiological studies

EDITOR - Cole TJ et al. proposed a set of sex- and age-specific body mass index (BMI) cut-points as definitions for overweight and obesity status in children, corresponding to an adult BMI of 25 kg/m2and 30 kg/m2 respectively.1 These tables are very useful to clinicians and researchers, as they are based on large, representative, international samples. However, for clinical and epidemiological research, tables may be impractical. We developed a set of commands, which can be used through the Stata Statistical Software (College Station, TX) in order to apply these definitions to a research setting. This set of commands (do-file) can be downloaded by researchers, free of charge on the following web-site:

http://stokes.chop.edu/web/stettler

1. Cole TJ, Bellizzi MC, Flegal KM, Dietz WH. Establishing a standard definition for child overweight and obesity worldwide: international survey. BMJ 2000; 320: 1240-3.

Nicolas Stettler, Nutrition Fellow

Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399

USA

nstettle@cceb.med.upenn.edu

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 May 2000
Nicolas Stettler