Self-reported and measured BMI in Ireland: should we adjust the obesity thresholds?
|Title:||Self-reported and measured BMI in Ireland: should we adjust the obesity thresholds?||Authors:||Madden, David (David Patrick)||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4238||Date:||Feb-2013||Abstract:||Using the nationally representative Slan dataset of 2007 we analyse the relationship between self-reported and measured BMI. We find that self-reported BMI significantly underestimates obesity rates and suggest that the traditional threshold of 30 should be adjusted downwards. We outline a number of approaches to choose the optimal threshold and results suggest that the new obesity threshold for self-reported BMI could be as low as 26.||Funding Details:||Not applicable||Type of material:||Working Paper||Publisher:||University College Dublin. School of Economics||Series/Report no.:||UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP13/01||Keywords:||Body mass index; Receiver operating characteristic; Sensitivity; Specificity||Other versions:||http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/WP13_01.pdf||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Not peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers|
Show full item record
This item is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland. No item may be reproduced for commercial purposes. For other possible restrictions on use please refer to the publisher's URL where this is made available, or to notes contained in the item itself. Other terms may apply.