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Ann Hum Biol. 1999 Jul-Aug;26(4):303-8.

Centiles of body mass index for Dutch children aged 0-20 years in 1980--a baseline to assess recent trends in obesity.

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  • 1MRC Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge, UK. Tim.Cole@ich.ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To document the distribution of body mass index (BMI) in Holland in 1980 when obesity was uncommon.

DESIGN:

Nationally representative growth survey.

SUBJECTS:

Forty-one-thousand boys and girls age 0-20 years.

METHOD:

BMI centiles based on the original height and weight data were derived using the LMS method.

RESULTS:

Median BMI showed the familiar pattern of a rise in the first year, followed by a fall, then a second rise after 6 years. The level of overweight was less than for children from the USA, France and Norway measured at the same time or earlier.

CONCLUSIONS:

Dutch children in 1980 were relatively free of obesity, so the BMI centiles are a suitable baseline to monitor international trends in obesity since then.

PMID:
10462152
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