Australian Bureau of Statistics
1351.0.55.039 - Research Paper: Investigating the Discrepancy between Measured and Self-Reported BMI in the National Health Survey, Mar 2012
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Body Mass Index (BMI) is commonly used to measure the prevalence of obesity in populations for health research. Population surveys often ask respondents to report their height and weight, rather than taking physical measurements. Previous research has shown that the discrepancies between self-reported and measured values of height and weight can lead to inaccurate estimates of the population BMI distribution. The accuracy of estimates derived from self-reported BMI data can potentially be improved by adjusting the self-reported values to account for these reporting biases.
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