Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (...

6th Edition
Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007



Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (...

6th Edition
Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007
Textbook Problem

Obesity is defined as:

  1. a. Weight-for-age percentile ≥85th to 94th
  2. b. Weight-for-age percentile ≥95th
  3. c. Weight-for-length percentile ≥95th
  4. d. BMI-for-age percentile ≥85th to 94th
  5. e. BMI-for-age percentile ≥95th

Summary Introduction

Introduction: Obesity can be defined as accumulation of excess of body fat. It is a leading cause of serious health problems such as cardiac disease, metabolic syndrome, and many other diseases.


Reason for the correct answer:

Option e. is given as “BMI-for-age percentile ≥ 95th”.

Body mass index (BMI) is a good indicator of weight status. However, in children, BMI changes as the child grows. Therefore, BMI-for-age percentile is a good indicator of weight status in children. BMI-for-age percentile > 95th is often used as a reference for obesity.

Hence, option e. is correct.

Reasons for the incorrect answers:

Option a. is given as “Weight-for-age percentile ≥ 85th to 94th”.

Weight-for-age percentile ≥ 85th to 94th indicates that a child is overweight, but further consideration of length-for-age percentile or BMI-for-age percentile is also needed to accurately determine the weight status. 

Hence, option a. is a wrong answer.

Option b. is given as “Weight-for-age percentile ≥ 95th”...

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