Aim: To create up-to-date reference standards for Turkish children, and to compare these with growth standards for US children (CDC 2000 Growth Charts) and with previous local data. Subjects and Methods: Height and weight measurements of 1100 boys and 1020 girls were obtained by biannual visits to six schools located in relatively well-off districts of Istanbul city. All children came from well-to-do families and all were healthy. All measurements were made by two trained technicians. The LMS method was used in the analyses. Results: Heights of the boys and girls in all age groups were close to the updated 2000 USA growth references and showed an increase from data on Turkish children born 30 y earlier. Weight values were high compared to reference data on US children and to the older data on Turkish children.
Conclusion: These results indicate that height growth in Turkish school-age children of high socio-economic level conforms to the updated growth data on US children. The data also show a secular upward trend in Turkey. Weight-for-age values indicate an increase in obesity. The results also point to the value of collecting and evaluating local growth data periodically.