Validity of Maternal-Reported Weight and Height of 2–5 Year Old Children

Rati JANI, Seema Mihrshahi, Subhadra Mandalika, Kimberley M. Mallan

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To the Editor: In affluent-urban areas of India, overweight (6 %) and obesity (8 %) are prevalent in children as young as 2–5 y [1]. A potential risk factor for childhood obesity could be parent’s under-reporting their child’s anthropometry. In Indian culture, a larger body size is typically acceptable, and mothers may consider a chubby baby as healthy [2]. Therefore, it was proposed that Indian mothers may underreport their child’s weight status. The present study examined the validity of maternal reported height and weight of young, urban-affluent Indian children aged 2–5 y.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-568
Number of pages2
JournalIndian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


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