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

  • David Madden

    (University College Dublin)

Using the nationally representative Slan dataset of 2007 we analyse the relationship between self-reported and measured BMI. We find that self-reported 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 School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201301.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 14 Feb 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:201301
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  1. Burkhauser, Richard V. & Cawley, John, 2008. "Beyond BMI: The value of more accurate measures of fatness and obesity in social science research," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 27(2), pages 519-529, March.
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