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unit of measurement [message #10490] Fri, 29 July 2016 12:03 Go to next message
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Dear sir/Madam
Please let me know what is the unit of measurement of BMI(body mass index) from women file(IR)

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Re: unit of measurement [message #10492 is a reply to message #10490] Fri, 29 July 2016 13:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Following is a response from Senior DHS Stata Specialist, Tom Pullum:

BMI is measured in units of kilograms divided by (meters squared). For example, if someone is 2 meters tall (6 ft. 6.74 inches) and weighs 100 kg (220.462 pounds) then their BMI is 100/(2 squared) = 100/4=25. See http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmic alc.htm, for example.

Re: unit of measurement [message #10498 is a reply to message #10492] Sat, 30 July 2016 10:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Actually, I need to know in women file(IR), the variable v445 indicate body mass index which data contain four digit value, what is the unit of measurement of this four digit value?

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Re: unit of measurement [message #10511 is a reply to message #10498] Mon, 01 August 2016 09:32 Go to previous message
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Another response from Tom Pullum:

V445 is actually the BMI multiplied by 100. Sorry for ignoring that factor. Most of the anthropometry numbers in the data file have a factor of some power of 10. You need to divide by 100 to get the BMI. The units of measurement are as I described them, weight / height squared, with weight in kilograms and height in meters.

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