Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/72250
Authors: 
Madden, David
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, UCD Centre for Economic Research 13/01
Abstract: 
Using the nationally representative Slan dataset of 2007 we analyse the relationship between self-reported and measured BMI. We find that selfreported 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.
Subjects: 
body mass index
receiver operating characteristic
sensitivity
specificity
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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