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Article: Body mass index is different in normal chinese and caucasian infants

TitleBody mass index is different in normal chinese and caucasian infants
Authors
KeywordsBMI
Caucasian
Chinese
Infant
Length
NCHS
Nutritional status
Weight
Issue Date1999
PublisherFreund Publishing House, Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.freundpublishing.com/Journal_Pediatric_Endocrinology_Metabolism/JPEMprev.htm
Citation
Journal Of Pediatric Endocrinology And Metabolism, 1999, v. 12 n. 4, p. 507-517 How to Cite?
AbstractBody mass index (BMI) is one of the anthropometric measurements for assessing nutritional status, body composition and adiposity in children. Racial differences in BMI between black and white children and adolescents have been shown in several studies. The aim of this study was to determine whether an ethnic difference in BMI exists between Chinese and Caucasian children in the first two years of life. The BMI of Chinese and Caucasian infants was compared so as to assess the usefulness of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) growth reference data in the assessment of nutritional status of Chinese children. Mean weight, length and BMI were compared between six cohorts of Chinese children and five cohorts of Caucasian children together with the NCHS growth reference data. The changes in the mean BMI curves during the first two years of life in the two ethnic groups were entirely different but the different cohorts in the same ethnic groups displayed a similar pattern of change with age. The difference in change in BMI in the Chinese cohorts was related to the difference in change in their mean weight as compared to the NCHS weight-for-age reference data. In contrast, the change in mean length of the well-nourished Hong Kong Chinese children in the present study followed the mean NCHS height-for-age values. The results of this study suggest that linear growth would be better for the assessment of health and nutrition in infancy and early childhood. If BMI and weight-for-height standards were to be used, then an ethnic group- specific and population based reference data set should be used.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/79944
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dc.contributor.authorTam, SYMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorKarlberg, JPEen_HK
dc.contributor.authorKwan, EYWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorTsang, AMCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorSheng, HPen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHe, Qen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLow, LCKen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T08:00:35Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T08:00:35Z-
dc.date.issued1999en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Pediatric Endocrinology And Metabolism, 1999, v. 12 n. 4, p. 507-517en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0334-018Xen_HK
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dc.description.abstractBody mass index (BMI) is one of the anthropometric measurements for assessing nutritional status, body composition and adiposity in children. Racial differences in BMI between black and white children and adolescents have been shown in several studies. The aim of this study was to determine whether an ethnic difference in BMI exists between Chinese and Caucasian children in the first two years of life. The BMI of Chinese and Caucasian infants was compared so as to assess the usefulness of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) growth reference data in the assessment of nutritional status of Chinese children. Mean weight, length and BMI were compared between six cohorts of Chinese children and five cohorts of Caucasian children together with the NCHS growth reference data. The changes in the mean BMI curves during the first two years of life in the two ethnic groups were entirely different but the different cohorts in the same ethnic groups displayed a similar pattern of change with age. The difference in change in BMI in the Chinese cohorts was related to the difference in change in their mean weight as compared to the NCHS weight-for-age reference data. In contrast, the change in mean length of the well-nourished Hong Kong Chinese children in the present study followed the mean NCHS height-for-age values. The results of this study suggest that linear growth would be better for the assessment of health and nutrition in infancy and early childhood. If BMI and weight-for-height standards were to be used, then an ethnic group- specific and population based reference data set should be used.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherFreund Publishing House, Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.freundpublishing.com/Journal_Pediatric_Endocrinology_Metabolism/JPEMprev.htmen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolismen_HK
dc.subjectBMIen_HK
dc.subjectCaucasianen_HK
dc.subjectChineseen_HK
dc.subjectInfanten_HK
dc.subjectLengthen_HK
dc.subjectNCHSen_HK
dc.subjectNutritional statusen_HK
dc.subjectWeighten_HK
dc.subject.meshAgingen_HK
dc.subject.meshAsian Continental Ancestry Groupen_HK
dc.subject.meshBody Heighten_HK
dc.subject.meshBody Mass Indexen_HK
dc.subject.meshBody Weighten_HK
dc.subject.meshCohort Studiesen_HK
dc.subject.meshEuropean Continental Ancestry Groupen_HK
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_HK
dc.subject.meshHumansen_HK
dc.subject.meshInfanten_HK
dc.subject.meshInfant, Newbornen_HK
dc.subject.meshLongitudinal Studiesen_HK
dc.subject.meshMaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshReference Valuesen_HK
dc.titleBody mass index is different in normal chinese and caucasian infantsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailTam, SYM: ymstam@hku.hken_HK
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