Assessment of childhood obesity: national reference data or international approach?

Obes Res. 2002 Aug;10(8):838-40. doi: 10.1038/oby.2002.113.


Assessing body mass index in children requires cutoffs that are different from those for adults. The aim of this review is to summarize the evidence base, rationale, and practical issues that should inform decisions about the use of national and international reference data for assessing obesity in children. In many countries, decisions are being made without consideration of the existing evidence, and with limited understanding of the practical problems or potential harm that may arise.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Mass Index*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Obesity / diagnosis*
  • Reference Values