Secular Trends of Obesity in Early Life: The Bogalusa Heart Study

Shear, Charles L.; Freedman, David S.; Burke, Gregory L.; David W. Harsha; Webber, Larry S.; Berenson, Gerald S.
January 1988
American Journal of Public Health;Jan1988, Vol. 78 Issue 1, p75
Academic Journal
Abstract: Secular changes in height and weight measurements were examined in five- to 14-year-olds from 1973 to 1984. The age-sex specific 85th percentile was used to classify persons as overweight (based on ponderal index; kg/m&sup 3;). Secular increases in weight (2.5 kg), and ponderosity (0.5-0.7 kg/m&sup 3;) were found. Gains in ponderosity over the 11-year period were greater at the 75th percentile than at the 25th percentile, and the prevalence of overweight increased from 15 per ¢ to 24 per ¢.


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