Accuracy of Measurements

How accurately can you screen for overweight or obesity in children by looking?

Measurements must be obtained and recorded accurately if they are to be used as an effective screening tool. Stature and weight should be measured by following recommended protocols:

Stature: http://depts.washington.edu/growth/module5/text/page7b.htmExternal

Weight: http://depts.washington.edu/growth/module5/text/page6b.htmExternal

The following examples illustrate the importance of accurate measurements and show that inaccurate measurements can result in an inaccurate growth assessment.

Examples: