Journal article

Stability of body mass index in Australian children: a prospective cohort study across the middle childhood years

K Hesketh, M Wake, E Waters, J Carlin, D Crawford

PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2004

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence and incidence of overweight and obesity, the frequency of overweight resolution and the influence of parental adiposity during middle childhood. DESIGN: As part of a prospective cohort study, height and weight were measured in 1997 and 2000/2001. Children were classified as non-overweight, overweight or obese based on standard international definitions. Body mass index (BMI) was transformed into age- and gender-specific Z-scores employing the LMS method and 2000 growth chart data of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parents self-reported height and weight, and were classified as underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese based on W..

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