Comments on children and adult Body mass index BMI cutoffs of overweight and obesity, regarding age 18
This article says
"the International Task Force workshop… defining overweight and obesity at childhood percentiles that correspond to the adult values… 25 and 30 kg/m2 respectively, correspond to the 80th and 95th percentiles of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reference values for 18 year olds…"
But this is yet another article stating that the 25 and 30 kg/m2 correspond to 18 year olds.
As you may know, I think that’s fine for 18 years olds, but not suitable for older adults.
Here’s another link to an article that also confirms that Age 18 was used for BMI cutoffs off 25 and 30 for overweight and obesity.
- Cole TJ, Bellizzi MC, Flegal KM, et al. Establishing a standard definition for child overweight and obesity worldwide: international survey. BMJ 2000: 320:1240-3.
Their actual article (not shown in the abstract above), mentions an International Task Force Workshop. More likely, it was a continuing medical education workshop that had most of the famous international people invited to speak, and they got together for drinks afterward, and decided to call themselves a Task Force. I made that up, but things like that do happen.