Children and Adolescents
Documentation of body mass index (BMI) components in adolescents (ages 14-18 years)
Adolescents with recorded BMI components (numerator), among 14-18 year-old adolescents (denominator)
Nearly one in six children are overweight or obese in OECD countries; in 2015, the country-specific prevalence of overweight and obesity at age 15 ranged from 10% to 31%. Despite the implementation of new policies to combat obesity, prevalence has steadily increased since 2000 in most countries . Monitoring weight and height in children and adolescents is of great importance, as early detection of overweight or obesity and intervention may prompt the adoption of a healthier lifestyle. In addition, the detection of extreme thinness should be carefully addressed, as it may signify malnutrition, morbidity, or eating disorders . The Israeli Ministry of Health recommends recording weight and height at least once between the ages of 5-7 years, and every three years in adolescence . The BMI category in this measure is based on the WHO Anthro sex- and age-specific BMI percentiles .
Adolescents in the denominator with recorded BMI components in the 3 previous years
14-18 year-old adolescents
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 In Hebrew: משרד הבריאות. חובת תיעוד של גורמי סיכון ואורחות חיים בתיק הרפואי הממוחשב. חוזר המנהל 2011 ביולי, 18 הכללי. Available at:
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