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Validity of self-reported height and weight and derived body mass index in middle-aged and elderly individuals in Australia

Ng, Suan Peng; Korda, Rosemary; Clements, Mark; Latz, Isabel; Bauman, Adrian; Bambrick, Hilary; Liu, Bette; Rogers, Kris; Herbert, Nicol; Banks, Emily


Background: Body mass index (BMI) is an important measure of adiposity. While BMI derived from self-reported data generally agrees well with that derived from measured values, evidence from Australia is limited, particularly for the elderly. Methods: We compared self-reported with measured height and weight in a random sample of 608 individuals aged ≥45 from the 45 and Up Study, an Australian population-based cohort study. We assessed degree of agreement and correlation between measures, and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00742.x


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