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Author(s): Sousa, Bruno
Oliveira, Bruno
Almeida, Maria Daniel
Title: Growth trends in boys and girls (10-17 years-old) from autonomous region of Madeira, Portugal between 1996-1998 and 2007-2009
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: Background: Growth trends have never been studied inadolescents of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Portugal.Aims: To analyse growth trends in weight, height, body massindex (BMI), waist circumference (WC), mid-upper armcircumference (MUAC) and triceps skin-fold thickness (TST) ofadolescents (10-17 years old) of the Autonomous Region ofMadeira between 1996- 1998 and 2007-2009.Subjects and methods: A cross-sectional study was carried outbetween 2007- 2009, including 4314 adolescents, 2237 girlsand 2077 boys (10- 17 years old). To study secular growthtrends, data were compared with a sample from 1996 -1998,comparing the means for each anthropometric variable by ageand sex using the independent-sample t-test.Results: An average increase was found in weight of 5.8 kg inboys and 6.3 kg in girls; in height of 3.0 cm in boys and 3.7 cmin girls; in BMI of 1.5 kg/m2in boys and 1.7 kg/m2in girls; in WCa difference of 5.6 cm and 4.9 cm for boys and girls,respectively, and for MUAC a difference of 2.7 cm in boys and2.0 cm in girls. No differences were found in TST in boys, but ingirls an increase of 1.2 mm was observed.Conclusions: A general increase in anthropometricmeasurements, more marked in weight, BMI, WC and MUACand at younger ages, was observed.
Subject: Ciências da Saúde, Ciências da saúde
Health sciences, Health sciences
Scientific areas: Ciências médicas e da saúde::Ciências da saúde
Medical and Health sciences::Health sciences
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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