Concordance of obesity classification between body mass index and percent body fat among school children in Saudi Arabia

Abdulrahman Al-Mohaimeed, Saifuddin Ahmed, Khadiga Dandash, Mohammed Saleh Ismail, Nazmus Saquib

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Background: In Saudi Arabia, where childhood obesity is a major public health issue, it is important to identify the best tool for obesity classification. Hence, we compared two field methods for their usefulness in epidemiological studies. Methods: The sample consisted of 874 primary school (grade I-IV) children, aged 6-10 years, and was obtained through a multi-stage random sampling procedure. Weight and height were measured, and BMI (kg/m2) was calculated. Percent body fat was determined with a Futrex analyzer that uses near infrared reactance (NIR) technology. Method specific cut-off values were used for obesity classification. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values were determined for BMI, and the agreement between BMI and percent body fat was calculated. Results: Compared to boys, the mean BMI was higher in girls whereas the mean percent body fat was lower (p-values

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number16
JournalBMC Pediatrics
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 5 2015

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Keywords

  • Anthropometry
  • BMI
  • Body mass index
  • Children
  • Near infrared reactance
  • NIR
  • Obesity
  • Percent body fat
  • Saudi Arabia

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Concordance of obesity classification between body mass index and percent body fat among school children in Saudi Arabia. / Al-Mohaimeed, Abdulrahman; Ahmed, Saifuddin; Dandash, Khadiga; Ismail, Mohammed Saleh; Saquib, Nazmus.

In: BMC Pediatrics, Vol. 15, No. 1, 16, 05.03.2015.

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Al-Mohaimeed, Abdulrahman ; Ahmed, Saifuddin ; Dandash, Khadiga ; Ismail, Mohammed Saleh ; Saquib, Nazmus. / Concordance of obesity classification between body mass index and percent body fat among school children in Saudi Arabia. In: BMC Pediatrics. 2015 ; Vol. 15, No. 1.
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