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J Pediatr. 1994 Jun;124(6):944-6.

Comparison of methods to categorize undernutrition in children.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

Abstract

We compared the results of three methods of categorizing undernutrition in a group of 258 children referred for evaluation of "failure to thrive." There was broad variation between the number of children classified as malnourished (75% to 98%) and the degree of undernutrition, depending on the method used. We recommend that categorization systems be used only to define a child as having a risk of possible adverse effects of undernutrition, not as being malnourished.

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