Article Text

Download PDFPDF
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}

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

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, …

View Full Text


  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the ethics committees of the medical associations in Bavaria and Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.