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    Growth reference charts for use in the United Kingdom
    • Roberto J Rona, Professor of Public Health Medicine
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      • Susan Chinn

    Dear Editor

    Dr Wright and her colleagues are to be commended on their timely review of the growth reference charts for use in the United Kingdom [1]. However, in respect of body mass index (BMI) we are concerned that in their concise review of the evidence they omitted discussing two essential issues. Firstly, they do not mention the availability of the international definitions of obesity and overweight, published f...

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    Dear Editor

    UK children are certainly better off with the UK90 charts [ArchDisChild 2002:86:11-14] but the Child Growth Foundation would like to know why it took the hospital-based medical profession nearly a decade to decide to use them. For the last eight years they have been in circulation in the community [Parent Child Health Records first featured them in 1993] and no end of bother has been caused by hospitals sticking...

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