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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:
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, …
Contributors The letter to the editor was drafted by PC, CC, ES and MW, and edited and approved by all other authors.
Competing interests None.
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