Mexican Origin.” Finally, the workshop concluded with remarks from Reynaldo Martorell, Jeffrey Koplan, Juan Rivera, Jaime Sepúlveda, and Julio Frenk. Verbatim remarks from Jaime Sepúlveda and Julio Frenk (Ministry of Health) are included in the “Final Remarks” section of this summary. This summary should not be perceived as a series of recommendations reached by consensus but rather as a recapitulation of the discussions of working groups and individual participants.

For consistency, the definitions of obese and at-risk for obesity in this report were borrowed from those in the IOM report Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance (2005). Hence, obese children or youth refers to those with age- and gender-specific BMI that is equal to or greater than the 95th percentile of the CDC body mass index (BMI)1 charts. The IOM report defines children and youth at-risk for obesity as those with BMI-for-age 85th percentile to less than 95th percentile. On some occasions, participants also use the terms overweight children and at-risk for overweight children.

This summary and the appendixes will be available in Spanish and English.


IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2005. Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.


Body mass index (BMI) is an indirect measure of body fat calculated as the ratio of a person’s body weight in kilograms to the square of a person’s height in meters. In children and youth, BMI is based on growth charts for age and gender and is referred to as BMI-for-age, which is used to assess underweight, overweight, and risk for overweight.

BMI (kg/m2) = weight (kilograms) ÷ height (meters)2

BMI (lb/in2) = weight (pounds) ÷ height (inches)2 × 703

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