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Erratum re: prevalence of overweight and obesity in East and West German children in the decade after reunification: population-based series of cross-sectional studies
  1. C J Apfelbacher1,
  2. U Krämer2
  1. 1Department of Clinical Social Medicine, University Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  2. 2Institut für Umweltmedizinische Forschung at the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr Christian Apfelbacher, Department of Clinical Social Medicine, Thibautstrasse 3, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany; christian.apfelbacher{at}med.uni-heidelberg.de

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We have published prevalence estimates for overweight and obesity in German children for the decade following German reunification in this journal,1 using internationally based cut-offs as proposed by Cole et al.2 The studies from which the data were drawn had ethical approval from the medical associations in Bavaria and Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. We split the childrens' age into half-year age bands, ie, 5.0–<5.5, 5.5–<6.0 … 7.5–<8.0 years.

Our paper was recently criticised in the German Bundesgesundheitsblatt.3 The authors rightly state that we have used the cut-offs published for the respective lower boundaries of our age bands (eg, …

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