National WIC Association

Validity of child anthropometric measurements in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

Crespi CM, et al. Validity of child anthropometric measurements in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Pediatr Res. Mar 2012;71(3):286-292.

This study assessed the accuracy of measurements collected by WIC staff by comparing them to “gold standard” measurements collected by trained research staff. Results showed that WIC body mass index percentiles accurately classified children as overweight/obese versus underweight/normal with 86% sensitivity and 92% specificity.