Self-Reported and Measured BMI in Ireland: Should We Adjust the Obesity Thresholds?
AbstractUsing the nationally representative Slan dataset of 2007 we analyse the relationship between self-reported and measured BMI. We find that selfreported BMI significantly underestimates obesity rates and suggest that the traditional threshold of 30 should be adjusted downwards. We outline a number of approaches to choose the optimal threshold and results suggest that the new obesity threshold for self-reported BMI could be as low as 26.
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body mass index; receiver operating characteristic; sensitivity; specificity;
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- David Madden, 2013. "Self-Reported and Measured BMI in Ireland: Should We Adjust the Obesity Thresholds?," Working Papers 201301, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
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