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Title: Defining morbid obesity in children based on BMI 40 at age 18 using the extended international (IOTF) cut-offs
Authors: BERVOETS, Liene
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: PEDIATRIC OBESITY, 9 (5), p. e94-98
Abstract: Background: Studies have reported that children who are obese are becoming more severely obese. Objective: We aimed to classify obese children based on age- and gender-specific centile curves passing through body mass index (BMI) 30, 35 and 40 at age 18 as ‘class I’, ‘class II’ or severe, and ‘class III’ or morbid obesity. Methods: In addition to the International Obesity Task Force BMI cut-offs corresponding to BMI 30 and 35, we calculated the BMI cut-offs corresponding to BMI 40 using the LMS method proposed by Cole and Lobstein. We classified 217 obese children according to these criteria. Results: Fifty-six (25.8%) children had class III obesity, 73 (33.6%) class II obesity and 88 (40.6%) class I obesity. Class III obese children had a higher waist circumference, systolic blood pressure and fasting insulinaemia compared with less obese children. Conclusion: It is clinically important to classify obese children in different classes of obesity severity.
Notes: Bervoets, L (reprint author), Hasselt Univ, Martelarenlaan 42, B-3500 Hasselt, Belgium. liene.bervoets@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/16928
DOI: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2014.00217.x.
ISI #: 000342991900005
ISSN: 2047-6310
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2015
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