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Eur J Clin Nutr. 1996 Jul;50(7):462-8.

Height and weight reference charts for children aged 2-18 years from Verona, Italy.

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  • 1Chair of Paediatrics, Verona University and Paediatric Division, City Hospital of Verona.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compile curves for growth in weight and height for Italian children and adolescents.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional.

SETTING:

All primary and secondary schools in the area of Verona, Italy, between October 1986 and January 1987.

SUBJECTS:

20534 female and 20345 male children aged 2-18 years.

METHODS:

Weight and height were measured using Salus balances, and age in days was calculated between the date of measurement and that of birth: centiles of weight and height by age were calculated by the LMS method of Cole (1990).

RESULTS:

The height and weight curves were similar for both boys and girls to those obtained in Switzerland by Prader & Budliger (1977). However pre-pubertal Italian boys and girls are taller and heavier than the standards for France (Sempè & Pedron, 1953-1970) or for the UK by Tanner & Whitehouse (1976).

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