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Self-Reported and Measured BMI in Ireland: Should We Adjust the Obesity Thresholds?

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  • Madden, D.;

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Using 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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Paper provided by HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York in its series Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers with number 13/04.

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Date of creation: Feb 2013
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Handle: RePEc:yor:hectdg:13/04

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Keywords: body mass index; receiver operating characteristic; sensitivity; specificity;

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  1. John Cawley & Richard V. Burkhauser, 2006. "Beyond BMI: The Value of More Accurate Measures of Fatness and Obesity in Social Science Research," NBER Working Papers 12291, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Could obesity rates be even worse than expected?
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2013-03-19 14:42:00
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  1. Alan Fernihough & Mark E. McGovern, 2013. "A Tall Story: Characteristics, Causes, and Consequences of Stature Loss," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp429, IIIS.

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