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Message ID: 9811
Date: 2015-04-28

Author:Skinner, Asheley Cockrell

Subject:RE: Asking for Information on BMI for Age for American Kids of East Asian Descent

Hi Lijun, If you are looking for nationally-representative estimates of BMI for US children of Asian descent, you are unlikely to find them. The samples in NHANES are not large enough to break down by country of origin, and I don’t believe it’s asked of those born in the US (except for Hispanic). The current cycle of NHANES has an Asian oversample which may help to fill this gap. These data will likely be released later this year, with a report soon after. There are estimates from Korea and China, I’m sure, but I don’t think this is what you are looking for. The growth charts were developed in 2000 based on data from the previous decades. So, they represent historical percentiles that can be consistently applied as the population changes. Because BMI changes so dramatically throughout childhood, this is probably the best way to create a consistent definition for all ages. See this methods paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12043359. Let me know if I can help further. Asheley From: bounce-118983816-71463561@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-118983816-71463561@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Chen, Lijun Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:21 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Asking for Information on BMI for Age for American Kids of East Asian Descent Dear Colleagues, I am searching for information on the BMI weight status, i.e. overweight and obesity, of US kids whose ethnicity is Chinese, Korean or Japanese. The research reports as indicated in the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html ) only report the results for white, black, Hispanic and Asian children, without further breakdown of the Asian ethnic group. I would appreciate any information you can provide. Besides, I have a technical question regards the development / interpretation of the BMI for age growth chart. A child with a BMI value over the 95 percentile line is regarded as obese, and as overweight for a BMI between 85 to 95 percentile. This can mislead unsuspecting people, including me, to think that only 5% are obese, while report in recent years have shown a prevalence rate of obesity over 16% for 2 to 19 years old. I am trying to understand how the CDC BMI-for-age growth chart was created, and the rationale for the percentiles. I would be glad if anyone can shed some light on this issue. Thanks Lijun Chen Senior Researcher Chapin Center at the University of Chicago

Hi Lijun, If you are looking for nationally-representative estimates of BMI for US children of Asian descent, you are unlikely to find them. The samples in NHANES are not large enough to break down by country of origin, and I don’t believe it’s asked of those born in the US (except for Hispanic). The current cycle of NHANES has an Asian oversample which may help to fill this gap. These data will likely be released later this year, with a report soon after. There are estimates from Korea and China, I’m sure, but I don’t think this is what you are looking for. The growth charts were developed in 2000 based on data from the previous decades. So, they represent historical percentiles that can be consistently applied as the population changes. Because BMI changes so dramatically throughout childhood, this is probably the best way to create a consistent definition for all ages. See this methods paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12043359. Let me know if I can help further. Asheley From: bounce-118983816-71463561list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-118983816-71463561list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Chen, Lijun Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:21 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Asking for Information on BMI for Age for American Kids of East Asian Descent Dear Colleagues, I am searching for information on the BMI weight status, i.e. overweight and obesity, of US kids whose ethnicity is Chinese, Korean or Japanese. The research reports as indicated in the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html ) only report the results for white, black, Hispanic and Asian children, without further breakdown of the Asian ethnic group. I would appreciate any information you can provide. Besides, I have a technical question regards the development / interpretation of the BMI for age growth chart. A child with a BMI value over the 95 percentile line is regarded as obese, and as overweight for a BMI between 85 to 95 percentile. This can mislead unsuspecting people, including me, to think that only 5% are obese, while report in recent years have shown a prevalence rate of obesity over 16% for 2 to 19 years old. I am trying to understand how the CDC BMI-for-age growth chart was created, and the rationale for the percentiles. I would be glad if anyone can shed some light on this issue. Thanks Lijun Chen Senior Researcher Chapin Center at the University of Chicago