Body mass index reference values (mean and SD) for Japanese children

Mikako Inokuchi, Nobutake Matsuo, Makoto Anzo, Tomonobu Hasegawa

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The aim of this study was to derive the mean and ±1, 2 and 2.5 SD body mass index (BMI) reference ranges as a supplement to the BMI centile reference values published previously for the same group of Japanese children. It is based on 14 012 boys and 13 781 girls of 1.5-18.5 years of age as studied in 1978-1981. The LMS method was utilized for the study. Conclusions: The BMI-SD reference values and charts presented have appropriately reflected the age-dependent skewed distribution of BMI values, and could be a useful tool in growth and nutritional evaluation of Japanese children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1674-1676
Number of pages3
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov


  • BMI reference values
  • Cross-sectional study
  • Growth curve
  • Obesity
  • Undernutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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