Growth references for Turkish children aged 6 to 18 years

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  • OLCAY NEYZI,

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    1. Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey, and Institute of Environmental Sciences, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
      O. Neyzi, Sakayik Sokak 45/2, Ful Apt. D.5, Tesvikiye, Istanbul 34367, Turkey. Tel: +90 212 2196762. Fax: +90 212 2196765. E-mail: oneyzi@superonline.com
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  • ANDRZEJ FURMAN,

    1. Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey, and Institute of Environmental Sciences, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • RUVEYDE BUNDAK,

    1. Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey, and Institute of Environmental Sciences, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • HULYA GUNOZ,

    1. Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey, and Institute of Environmental Sciences, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • FEYZA DARENDELILER,

    1. Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey, and Institute of Environmental Sciences, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • FIRDEVS BAS

    1. Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey, and Institute of Environmental Sciences, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
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O. Neyzi, Sakayik Sokak 45/2, Ful Apt. D.5, Tesvikiye, Istanbul 34367, Turkey. Tel: +90 212 2196762. Fax: +90 212 2196765. E-mail: oneyzi@superonline.com

Abstract

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.

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