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August 2011 online edition

The August 2011 online issue of Health Reports, released today, contains two articles.

The first article, "Bias in self-reported estimates of obesity in Canadian health surveys: An update on correction equations for adults", compares the bias in self-reported height, weight and body mass index (BMI) in the 2008 and 2005 Canadian Community Health Surveys and the 2007 to 2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey. The feasibility of using correction equations to adjust self-reported 2008 Canadian Community Health Survey values to more closely approximate measured values is assessed.

The second article, "Obesity estimates for children based on parent-reported versus direct measures", investigates the bias that exists when height, weight and BMI are based on parent-reported values. Factors associated with reporting error are used to establish the feasibility of developing correction equations to adjust parent-reported estimates.

For more information on these articles, contact Margot Shields (613-951-4177;, Health Analysis Division.

The August 2011 online issue of Health Reports, Vol. 22, no. 3 (82-003-X, free), is now available from the Key resource module of our website under Publications.

For information about Health Reports, contact Janice Felman (613-951-6446;, Health Analysis Division.