Validity of the body mass index as an indicator of the risk and presence of overweight in adolescents.

@article{Malina1999ValidityOT,
  title={Validity of the body mass index as an indicator of the risk and presence of overweight in adolescents.},
  author={Robert M Malina and P T Katzmarzyk},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  year={1999},
  volume={70 1},
  pages={131S-136S}
}
The validity of the body mass index (BMI) as an indicator of the risk of becoming overweight and of the presence of overweight was evaluated in 6 groups of adolescents comprising several ethnic groups (n = 1570, aged 9-19 y). With use of triceps skinfold thickness and estimated percentage body fat as the criteria for adiposity, BMI had high specificities (86.1-98.8% for risk of overweight and 96.3-100% for presence of overweight) and lower but variable sensitivities (4.3-75.0% for risk of… CONTINUE READING

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