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Response to Letter to the Editor by Joe Brew, Department of Epidemiology, University of Florida
  1. M Pia Chaparro1,
  2. Shannon E Whaley2,
  3. Catherine M Crespi3,
  4. Maria Koleilat4,
  5. Tabashir Z Nobari5,
  6. Edmund Seto6,
  7. May C Wang5
  1. 1Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS), Stockholm University & Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  2. 2Public Health Foundation Enterprises—Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (PHFE-WIC), Irwindale, California, USA
  3. 3Department of Biostatistics, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California, USA
  4. 4Department of Health Science, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, California, USA
  5. 5Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California, USA
  6. 6Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr M Pia Chaparro, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS), Stockholm University & Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm 106 91, Sweden; pia.chaparro{at}chess.su.se

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Dear Editors

We are pleased that our paper has been deemed thought-provoking. Regarding the issues brought by Joe Brew, we would like to respond as follows:

  1. Brew suggests that we should have used body mass index (BMI) percentiles instead of weight-for-height z-scores (WHZ). We disagree and stand behind our original statement that WHZ is a more appropriate measure for longitudinally assessing adiposity among young children. In the paper cited by Brew1 as justification for his argument, …

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