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Adult—weight

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element Concept
METeOR identifier:Help on this term269828
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 14/07/2005
Definition:Help on this termThe body mass of a person aged 18 years or older.
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Weight is an overall measure of body size that does not distinguish between fat and muscle. Weight is an indicator of nutritional and health status. Low pre-pregnancy weight is an indicator of poorer gestational outcome in women (Kramer 1988). Low weight is also associated with osteoporosis. In general, change in weight in adults is of interest because it is an indicator of changing health status, and in children as it indicates changing health status and growth and development. It enables the calculation of body mass index (BMI) which requires the measurement of height and weight for adults.

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Object class:Adult
Definition:Help on this termAn individual aged 18 years or older.
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:Weight
Definition:Help on this termA measurement of body mass.
Property group:Help on this termPhysical characteristics

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

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Submitting organisation:Help on this termNational Health Data Committee

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Has been superseded by Person—weight Health, Standard 01/03/2005, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 05/09/2016, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

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Adult—weight (self-reported), total kilograms NN[N] Health, Superseded 14/07/2005

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