PAUL JAY FRIEDMAN, M.D.
To the editor: I disagree with the way Kotler and associates (1) interpreted their nutritional measures. The table they used as a standard for midarm circumference (2) was derived in large part from the dubious surveys of the American garment industry before 1941 (3). The resultant standards have been replaced by the percentiles from the large Health and Nutrition Examination (HANES-I) survey, which are stratified by age and sex (4). Kotler and associates incorrectly stated that the standards they used were age-specific; in fact, only one value is given for adults of each sex. Kotler and associates assigned percentiles for
FRIEDMAN PJ. Assessing Nutritional Status. Ann Intern Med. ;102:278. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-2-278_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(2):278.
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