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September 2009

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Childhood obesity, BMI calculators, and medical software

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Volume 38, No.9, September 2009 Pages 731-732

Kay M Jones

Maureen E Dixon

John B Dixon

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC ) guidelines for the management of childhood obesity1 recommend active screening of children aged 2–18 years, and intervention for those with a body mass index (BMI) (kg/m2) above the 85th percentile for age and gender. However, guidelines and BMI for age percentile charts are not well utilised in the general practice setting. In addition, there is a tendency for clinicians and parents to visually underestimate body mass in children.2,3

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