Measuring obesity in the absence of a gold standard.

  title={Measuring obesity in the absence of a gold standard.},
  author={D. O'Neill},
  journal={Economics and human biology},
Reliable measures of body composition are essential to develop effective policies to tackle obesity. The lack of an acceptable gold-standard for measuring fatness has made it difficult to evaluate alternative measures of obesity. We use latent class analysis to characterise existing diagnostics. Using data on US adults we show that measures based on body mass index and bioelectrical impedance analysis misclassify large numbers of individuals. For example, 45% of obese White women are… CONTINUE READING
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