Gendered Body Mass Index Percentile Charts and Transgender Youth: Making the Case to Change Charts

Kacie M. Kidd*, Gina M. Sequeira, Cherie Priya Dhar, Gerald T. Montano, Selma Feldman Witchel, Dana Rofey

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Body mass index (BMI) is defined as weight (kg)/height2 (m2). Differences in BMI percentiles between sexes confound the diagnosis of weight-related disorders in transgender youth because choosing the appropriate chart is challenging. Data on BMI measures are needed for transgender youth, but there are no guidelines on how to collect or report this data. We use two theoretical cases to assert that health care providers and researchers should consider use of both male and female growth charts for transgender youth, particularly for individuals at the extremes of weight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-299
Number of pages3
JournalTransgender Health
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • clinical research
  • obesity/overweight
  • transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Gender Studies

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