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Neck Circumference is a True Measure of Child Obesity

by Kathy Jones on  July 7, 2010 at 9:13 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that the circumference of a child's neck could provide a great indication of any obesity problems.

The usual practice followed by physicians in to measure the body mass index (BMI) to determine whether the patient is overweight.
 Neck Circumference is a True Measure of Child Obesity
Neck Circumference is a True Measure of Child Obesity
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However health experts believe that BMI is not a good indicator of obesity and suggest that physicians should also measure the neck circumference of children, a practice which is also advised by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

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Researchers from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor measured weight, height, waist circumference and neck circumference in more than 1,100 children aged between 6 to 18 years and found that BMI and waist size correlated with neck circumference in both boys and girls.

They recommend that measuring neck circumference rather than BMI may be a better way of estimating obesity in kids.


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