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Pediatrics. 1998 Mar;101(3 Pt 2):505-18.

Measurement issues related to studies of childhood obesity: assessment of body composition, body fat distribution, physical activity, and food intake.

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  • 1Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.


This article reviews the current status of various methodologies used in obesity and nutrition research in children, with particular emphasis on identifying priorities for research needs. The focus of the article is 1) to review methodologic aspects involved with measurement of body composition, body-fat distribution, energy expenditure and substrate use, physical activity, and food intake in children; and 2) to present an inventory of research priorities.

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