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BMI for age or WfH?

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Mija Ververs


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17 Oct 2012, 12:12

What is currently seen as best method to determine acute malnutrition for boys aged 15-19 years , BMI for age or WfH? You have any experiences which method works easier? Thank you so much for taking time to respond. Mija Ververs

Kat Pittore

Save the Children India

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19 Oct 2012, 05:10

According to the Harmonized Training package (HTP) the WHO recommends BMI for age, expressed as z-scores than compared to growth reference curves for that age group from the WHO standards. I have no personal experience using this in the field, however. From the HTP Module 6: Individual Assessment: Measuring malnutrition in older children and adolescents WHO recommends that acute malnutrition among children and adolescents 5-19 years be assessed by calculating Body Mass Index (BMI), and then adjusting for age to generate BMI-for-age. BMI is calculated based on the weight (in kg) divided by the square of the height (in m) of the individual. BMI-for-age should be presented as Z-scores based on the 2007 WHO Growth Reference (WHO GR) for children and adolescents 5 to 19 years of age. Classification of children and adolescents 5-19 years of age BMI-for-age Z-score Severe thinness: <-3SD Thinness: = -3 SD & < -2 SD Overweight: >+1SD & =+2 SD Obesity: >+2SD

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