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Proposed obesity body mass index correction for self-reported data may not be appropriate
  1. D Faeh,
  2. M Bopp
  1. Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr D Faeh, University of Zurich, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Hirschengraben 84, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland; david.faeh{at}

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The study published by Dauphinot et al1 in the February issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health compared self-reported and measured body mass index (BMI) in a sample of the general population of Geneva (Switzerland) and a smaller French sample. In order to account for underestimation of BMI arising from self-reports, the authors proposed a universal cut-off of 29.2 kg/m2 instead of 30 kg/m2 for the definition of obesity. In a previous study, we compared the obesity prevalence based …

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