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Nutr Rev. 2001 Feb;59(2):31-6.

The new childhood growth charts.

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  • 1Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, MA 02111, USA.


New childhood growth percentiles have been published recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and are designed to replace the widely used 1977 National Center for Heath Statistics percentiles. International definitions for overweight and obesity in childhood, based on the body mass index, also have been published. This review discusses appropriate uses of the new percentile charts and international definitions of overweight.

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