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Validity of self-reported weight, height, and body mass index among university students in Thailand: Implications for population studies of obesity in developing countries

Lim, Lynette LY; Seubsman, Sam-ang; Sleigh, Adrian


BACKGROUND Large-scale epidemiological studies commonly use self-reported weights and heights to determine weight status. Validity of such self-reported data has been assessed primarily in Western populations in developed countries, although its use is widespread in developing countries. We examine the validity of obesity based on self-reported data in an Asian developing country, and derive improved obesity prevalence estimates using the "reduced BMI threshold" method. METHODS Self-reported...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009-09-25
Type: Journal article
Source: Population Health Metrics
DOI: 10.1186/1478-7954-7-15


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