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BMI Is Most Accurate Way To Calculate Weight Among Kids With Eating Disorders

January 4, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study has found that the body mass index (BMI) percentile method of calculating body weight of adolescents is best for clinical and research purposes. Researchers decided to study the problem because there are no clear guidelines on calculating weight among children and adolescents with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. For the study, they calculated expected body weights using the BMI method along with two other commonly used measures: the McClaren and Moore methods. BMI was the most useful method for children and adolescents of all ages, heights and weights, and could account more accurately for very short and very tall patients as well.
Daniel Le Grange et al., "Calculation of Expected Body Weight in Adolescents With Eating Disorders", Pediatrics, January 04, 2012, © American Academy of Pediatrics
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