3. Recommendations for using BMI to assess overweight
Because of the numerous advantages of using BMI-for-age to assess overweight in children and adolescents, expert committees and advisory groups have recommended BMI-for-age as the accepted measure.
William Dietz discusses the rationale
for the BMI cutpoints, the limitations and sensitivity of BMI-for-age.
Dr. Dietz is the Director of the Division of Nutrition and Physical
Activity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health
Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was a member of
the various expert committees on obesity.