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Judith E. Brown
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Why don’t adolescent BMI charts use a single cutoff point for determining obesity in the same way adult BMI charts do?

Summary Introduction

To state: The reason why  adolescent BMI charts is not using a single cutoff point for determining obesity in the same way as adult BMI charts.

Introduction: The status of weight among adolescents is assesessed by their body mass index (BMI). BMI of an individual is calculated by dividing a person's weight (kg) by square of his or her height (m2). The BMI value is then used to determine the BMI-for-age percentile on the basis of age and gender of the child and accordingly they are considered underweight, healthy, overweight, and obese.

Explanation

BMI values are good indicators of body fat content and are generally used for the determination of obesity among individuals. However, adolescent BMI charts do not use a single cutoff as compared to adults for determining obesity beca...

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