Accuracy of Self-Reported Height and Weight in Children Aged 6 to11 Years
Published Date:Jun 28 2012
Source:Prev Chronic Dis. 9.
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Outcome And Process Assessment (Health Care)
Reproducibility Of Results
School Health Services
Description:The purpose of this study was to determine the ability of first-, third-, and fifth-graders to accurately self-report height and weight. Self-reported and measured values for height and weight were recorded for 487 students. The ability to self-report a reasonable value for height and weight improved with grade level, but children in all 3 grade levels significantly underreported their height and weight. Only fifth-graders accurately self-reported their weight; therefore, using self-reported height and weight to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity for elementary school-aged children is not recommended.
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