Use of percentiles for the body mass index in anorexia nervosa: diagnostic, epidemiological, and therapeutic considerations.

@article{Hebebrand1996UseOP,
  title={Use of percentiles for the body mass index in anorexia nervosa: diagnostic, epidemiological, and therapeutic considerations.},
  author={Johannes Hebebrand and G{\"u}nther W Himmelmann and Helmut B Heseker and Helmut Schafer and Helmut Remschmidt},
  journal={The International journal of eating disorders},
  year={1996},
  volume={19 4},
  pages={359-69}
}
OBJECTIVE Percentiles for the body mass index (BMI) offer a possibility to epidemiologically assess the linear weight criterion of 85% average body weight commonly used for the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa. METHOD BMI values corresponding to 85% average body weight were calculated and assessed with percentiles derived from epidemiological studies in both the United States and Germany. The underweight range was characterized epidemiologically. RESULTS The weight criterion used for the… CONTINUE READING

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