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March 2008The Transition to Post-industrial BMI Values Among US Children
with John Komlos, Ariane Breitfelder: w13898
In our opinion, the trend in the BMI values of US children has not been estimated accurately. We use five models to estimate the BMI trends of non-Hispanic US-born black and white children and adolescents ages 2-19 born 1941-2006 on the basis of all NHES and NHANES data sets. We also use some historical BMI values for comparison. The increase in BMIZ values during the period considered was on average 1.3`sigma` (95% CI: 1.16`sigma`; 1.44`sigma`) among black girls, 0.8`sigma` for black boys, 0.7`sigma` for white boys, and 0.6`sigma` for white girls. This translates into an increase in BMI values of some 5.6, 3.3, 2.4, and 1.5 units respectively. While the increase in BMI ...

Published: The transition to post-industrial BMI values among US children John Komlos1,*, Ariane Breitfelder1, Marco Sunder2 Article first published online: 5 NOV 2008 DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.20806 Copyright © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc. Issue American Journal of Human Biology American Journal of Human Biology Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 151–160, March/April 2009

 
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