Accuracy of self-reported height and weight in children aged 6 to 11 years

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  • The purpose of this study was to determine the ability of first-, third-, and fifth-graders to accurately self-report height and weight. Self-reported and measured values for height and weight were recorded for 487 students. The ability to self -report a reasonable value for height and weight improved with grade level, but children in all 3 grade levels significantly underreported their height and weight. Only fifth-graders accurately self-reported their weight; therefore, using self-reported height and weight to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity for elementary school- aged children is not recommended.
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  • Beck J; Schaefer CA; Nace H; Steffen AD; Nigg C; Brink L; Hill JO; Browning RC
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  • 9
  • Issue

  • 6