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Reliability of percentage ideal weight for height


AIMS To assess the reliability of percentage ideal weight for height (%WFH) as a measure in children.

METHODS Forty two dietitians calculated %WFH of six children. Eleven of the 42 repeated the calculations.

RESULTS Interexaminer estimates varied by 16.5 to 40 percentage points (mean 27.8). Intraexaminer variability was also large.

CONCLUSIONS %WFH is an unreliable measure of nutritional status.

  • weight for height
  • nutritional status
  • reliability

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