Because there are no unified criteria to classify children as overweight or obese, these two outcomes were defined using the IOTF
criteria (age- and sex-specific cut points) that allow comparison of the prevalence across countries (Cole et al.
Also, our classification according to the IOTF
thresholds (as recommended for clinical purposes) would underestimate the number of obese and overweight children in comparison, as the IOTF
threshold for overweight corresponds approximately to the 91st centile and the threshold for obesity lies between the 98th and 99.
2] Nonstandard abbreviations: CPTAC, Clinical Proteomic Technology Assessment for Cancer; NCI, National Cancer Institute; FDA, US Food and Drug Administration; CPTC, Clinical Proteomic Technologies for Cancer; IOTF
, FDA Interagency Oncology Task Force; IVD, in vitro diagnostic device; IDE, investigational device exemption; PMA, premarket approval; FFPE, formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded; LC-MRM-MS, liquid chromatography-multiple reaction monitoring mass spectrometry; LIF, laser-induced fluorescence; SID-MS, stable isotope dilution mass spectrometry.
The time has come for all concerned to recognize that an international code, enforceable in law, is the best way forward," said Professor Arne Astrup of the University of Copenhagen, president to the International Association for the Study of Obesity (of which IOTF
is the policy and advocacy arm).
So why, out of all the potentially damaging online traps, does the IOTF
feel that banning websites mentioning products classed as unhealthy by a contrived government calculation should be a priority in 'protecting' kids?
A general finding of the present study was that, according to the IOTF
criteria based on BMI status, 23% of the boys who participated in this study were overweight and 7.
Compared to the IOTF
definitions, we found similar proportions for obesity using national cut points (4.
Neville Rigby, director of policy at the IOTF
, said, ``Within Europe, the UK may have the highest confectionery consumption, but taxpayers also face the highest bills - pounds 3bn a year in England alone - for obes i y.
In a report prepared for the World Health Organization (WHO) and published last year, the IOTF
put the total number of overweight children worldwide at 155m, with 30m to 45m classified as obese.
4% of those 12 to 17 were obese, using the same IOTF
Canadian childhood obesity estimates based on WHO, IOTF
and CDC cut-points.
Part of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, the IOTF
is conducting long term research on obesity and the global burden of disease as part of a WHO programme.