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Title: Body weight and BMI percentiles for children in the South-East Asian Nutrition Surveys (SEANUTS)
Authors: Sandjaja Sandjaja
Bee Koon Poh
Nipa Rojroongwasinkul
Khanh Le Nguyen Bao
Moesijanti Soekatri
Jyh Eiin Wong
Atitada Boonpraderm
Chinh Nguyen Huu
Paul Deurenberg
Yannis Manios
National Institute of Nutrition Vietnam
Mahidol University
Harokopio University
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Polytechnic of Health Ministry of Health Jakarta II
Persatuan Ahli Gizi Indonesia
Nutrition Consultant
Keywords: Medicine;Nursing
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2018
Citation: Public Health Nutrition. Vol.21, No.16 (2018), 2972-2981
Abstract: © The Authors 2018. Objective The present study aimed to (i) calculate body-weight- and BMI-for-age percentile values for children aged 0·5-12 years participating in the South-East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS); (ii) investigate whether the pooled (i.e. including all countries) SEANUTS weight- and BMI-for-age percentile values can be used for all SEANUTS countries instead of country-specific ones; and (iii) examine whether the pooled SEANUTS percentile values differ from the WHO growth references.Design Body weight and length/height were measured. The LMS method was used for calculating smoothened body-weight- and BMI-for-age percentile values. The standardized site effect (SSE) values were used for identifying large differences (i.e. >0·5) between the pooled SEANUTS sample and the remaining pooled SEANUTS samples after excluding one single country each time, as well as with WHO growth references.Setting Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.Subjects Data from 14 202 eligible children.Results The SSE derived from the comparisons of the percentile values between the pooled and the remaining pooled SEANUTS samples were indicative of small/acceptable (i.e. ≤0·5) differences. In contrast, the comparisons of the pooled SEANUTS sample with WHO revealed large differences in certain percentiles.Conclusions The findings of the present study support the use of percentile values derived from the pooled SEANUTS sample for evaluating the weight status of children in each SEANUTS country. Nevertheless, large differences were observed in certain percentiles values when SEANUTS and WHO reference values were compared.
ISSN: 14752727
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2018

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