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Acta Paediatr. 2006 Jun;95(6):754-5.

Secular change in adult stature has come to a halt in northern Europe and Italy.

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  • 1LMC Centre for Advanced Food studies, Department of Human Nutrition, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Frederiksberg, Denmark.

Abstract

AIM:

To investigate whether the increase in adult stature in European countries is continuing.

METHODS:

The secular trend in growth after 1990 for various European countries was assessed by national conscript data.

RESULTS:

In Scandinavia and the Netherlands, the height has reached a plateau at 179-181 cm, and in Italy a plateau at 174 cm. In Belgium, Portugal and Spain, height continued to increase.

CONCLUSION:

Only in the northern European countries and Italy height has ceased to increase.

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16754562
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