With leadership from Margot Shields of Statistics Canada, Dr. Mark Tremblay and colleagues published two papers in Health Reports on August 17th (complete citation information available below). The papers demonstrate the serious implications of relying on self-reported or parent-reported measures of height and weight to determine obesity and the relationships with measures of interest like fitness and blood pressure.
M. Shields, S. Connor Gorber, I. Janssen, M.S. Tremblay. Obesity estimates for children based on parent-report versus direct measures. Health Reports 22(3):1-12, 2011.
M. Shields, S. Connor Gorber, I. Janssen, M.S. Tremblay. Bias in self-reported estimates of obesity in Canadian health surveys: an update on correction equations for adults. Health Reports 22(3):1-11, 2011.