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Ponderal index classifies obesity in children and adolescents more accurately than body mass index z-scores.

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Summary of "Ponderal index classifies obesity in children and adolescents more accurately than body mass index z-scores."

We aimed to compare the accuracy of the ponderal index (PI) vs. BMI-for-age z-scores transformed (BMIz) in estimating body fat levels and classifying obesity in children and adolescents from a Brazilian urban population.

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Name: Pediatric research
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