Childhood Obesity May Be Underreported

The body-mass-index measure (“BMI”), a calculation based on a person’s height and weight, is commonly used to screen for obesity as an indicator of a person’s body fat. However, a recent study revealed that BMI measures are failing to identify up to 25% of children who have excess body fat. According to the Center for Disease Control, “about 18% of children ages 6 to 9 are classified as obese based on their BMI”. However, some experts think that this number is much higher because children’s height and weight do not increase proportionately with age, making BMI measurements less reliable. Although more accurate methods of measuring body fat do exist, the BMI measurement is likely the most accessible.

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