Journal article

Clinical measures of adiposity and percentage fat loss: which measure most accurately reflects fat loss and what should we aim for?

Linda P Hunt, Anna Ford, Matthew A Sabin, Elizabeth C Crowne, Julian PH Shield

ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine which clinical measure of childhood obesity should be monitored to best reflect change in adiposity in a weight management programme and estimate the degree of change needed to be relatively certain of fat reduction. SUBJECTS: 92 obese children with a mean (range) age of 12.8 (6.9-18.9) years and a mean body mass index standard deviation score (BMI SDS) of +3.38 (+2.27 to +4.47) attending a hospital-based clinic on a regular, 3 monthly basis. MEASUREMENTS: Pairs of weight and height measured up to 2.41 years apart used to derive BMI as kg/m2, and adjusted for age and gender to give weight and BMI SDS (BMI-z score) using British 1990 Growth Reference Data. Contemporane..

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