Comments regarding percentile curves of body mass index
Of interest is the 85th and 95th percentile lines of BMI, which are often used as thresholds to define Overweight and Obesity. On the charts below, I graphed these percentiles (labelled USA) and compared them to the now-standard CDC Charts percentiles.
- Krebs NF1, Himes JH, Jacobson D, Nicklas TA, Guilday P, Styne D., Assessment of child and adolescent overweight and obesity. Pediatrics 2007, 120:S193-228.
Added comments. Look at what the charts are showing. The top row is the “Overweight”, and the bottom row is the “Obese”. In other words, top row is 85th percentile lines, and the bottom row is the 95th percentile lines.