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

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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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  • Madden, D., 2013. "Self-Reported and Measured BMI in Ireland: Should We Adjust the Obesity Thresholds?," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 13/04, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
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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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    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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