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Table 2 International cut-off values for childhood overweight and obesity

From: Overweight/obesity and associated cardiovascular risk factors in sub-Saharan African children and adolescents: a scoping review

International cut-offsAge groupCut-off
WHO growth standard [27, 28]<  5 yearOverweight: + 2SD ≤ BMI < +3SD
Obesity: BMI ≥ +  3 SD
5–19 years oldOverweight: +1SD < BMI < + 2SD
Obesity: BMI > +2 SD
Centre for Diseases Control [29]2–19 years oldOverweight = 85th – 94th BMI percentiles
Obesity >95th BMI percentiles
International Obesity Task Force [30]2–18 years oldOverweight percentile curve passing though BMI = 25 kg/m2 at age 18;
Obesity percentile curve passing through BMI = 30 kg/m2 at age 18
  1. SD: Standard deviation; BMI: Body Mass Index for age and sex