Accession Number:

AD0773452

Title:

Height and Weight Errors in Aeromedical Certification Data,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CIVIL AEROMEDICAL INST OKLAHOMA CITY OKLA

Report Date:

1973-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

The Framingham Relative Weight Index FRWI of obesity was described in previous reports as a screening aid for detecting susceptibility to coronary heart disease CHD. FRWI calculation requires measured values of height and weight but the height and weight values on standard airman medical applications are usually stated estimates of the examinee. Because such stated unmeasured data are vulnerable to error, samples from aeromedical certification sources were examined for errors. In a separate study, the stated and measured weights of 206 ATC personnel were compared. The degree of stated-weight error was substantial and was directly proportional to the degree of underweight or overweight. Due to weight understatement by grossly overweight individuals, the 120.0 FRWI classification of obesity based on stated weight is quite conservative. Modified author abstract

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE