Measuring excess adiposity in children: What’s the best method?
Babette Zemel, PhD
What is the best way to measure adiposity in children? The CDC estimates obesity affects 17% of children ages 2-19, with higher prevalence in some minority populations. Identifying accurate ways of assessing adiposity is an essential first step in designing an overall treatment plan. BMI charts are widely used and provide an inexpensive method of screening for overweight and obesity, but they pose limitations in certain circumstances. Advanced body composition methods present an alternative to BMI in measuring adiposity in children but their use is usually limited to the research setting. This presentation will review the advantages and limitations of BMI vs advanced body composition techniques in children. Webinar participants will gain a better understanding of the options available for measuring pediatric body composition and under what scenarios each may most effectively be used.