Methodological Aspects for Childhood and Adolescence Obesity Epidemiology

  • Gerardo Rodríguez
  • Angelo Pietrobelli
  • Youfa Wang
  • Luis A. Moreno
Part of the Springer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health book series (SSEH, volume 2)


Body composition assessment methods are useful for the screening of excess body fat and its related metabolic complications. Reliable and practical measurements of body fatness and its distribution pattern are necessary in epidemiological, clinical and population studies for monitoring overweight and obesity and its outcomes or consequences. Childhood and adolescence are critical periods in human life due to the multiple changes that take place between birth and adulthood. The global acceleration of both growth and maturation, especially during the first 2 years of life and adolescence, imply that parameters to assess nutritional status differ considerably in every stage.


Body Mass Index Body Composition Body Mass Index Percentile International Obesity Task Force Adiposity Rebound 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerardo Rodríguez
    • 1
  • Angelo Pietrobelli
    • 2
  • Youfa Wang
    • 3
  • Luis A. Moreno
    • 4
  1. 1.Growth, Exercise, Nutrition and Development (GENUD) Research Group, Departamento de PediatríaUniversidad de Zaragoza, Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la SaludZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.Pediatric Unit, Verona University Medical School, and Applied Dietetic Technical Sciences ChairModena and Reggio Emilia UniversityVeronaItaly
  3. 3.Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public HealthJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  4. 4.(Growth, Exercise, Nutrition and Development) GENUD Research Group, E. U. Ciencias de la SaludUniversidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain

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