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Child—body mass index

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element Concept
METeOR identifier:Help on this term269557
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 01/03/2005
Definition:Help on this termWeight (body mass) relative to height used to assess the extent of weight excess in children and adolescents.
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Public health and health care:

Body Mass Index (BMI) is used as an indicator of underweight, normal or healthy weight and overweight and obesity in adults and overweight and obesity in children and adolescents. In population based surveys, BMI may be used:

  • to indicate the prevalence of thinness and overweight and their sociodemographic distribution (problem identification)
  • to evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs (assessment of interventions)
  • to monitor progress towards National public health policy
  • to ascertain determinants and consequences of thinness and overweight
  • in nutrition and physical activity surveillance and long-term planning.

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Object class:Child
Definition:Help on this termAn individual under the age of 18 years.
Specialisation of:Help on this termPerson/group of persons

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Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralia Institute of Health and Welfare

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Property:Body mass index
Definition:Help on this termA measure of body fat that gives an indication of nutritional status. Body mass index is the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters.
Property group:Help on this termPhysical characteristics

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Origin:Help on this termDorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary 30th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders

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Child—body mass index (measured), ratio NN[N].N[N] Health, Standard 01/03/2005

Child—body mass index (self-reported), ratio NN[N].N[N] Health, Standard 01/03/2005

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