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Message ID: 9801
Date: 2015-03-26

Author:Chen, Lijun

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

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