The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2011 , Vol 53 , Num 4
Weight, Height and BMI References in Elazığ: An East Anatolian City
Departments of 1Family Medicine, and 4Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and 5College of Health Services, Fırat University, Elazığ, and Departments of 2Family Medicine, and 6Biostatistics, Erciyes University Faculty of Medicine, Kayseri, and Department of 3Public Health, Trakya University Faculty of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey. Pirinçci E, Mazıcıoğlu MM, Berberoğlu U, Açık Y, Durmuş B, Öztürk A. Weight, height and BMI references in Elazığ: an east Anatolian city. Turk J Pediatr 2011; 53: 404-412.

The aim of this study was to produce the growth references for Elazığ children aged 6-11 years. Data were collected in eight primary schools of Elazığ in 2007. Age- and gender-specific height, weight and body mass index (BMI) references were produced with LMS (Lambda-Mu-Sigma) method and compared with reported values in an Anatolian and a metropolitan city. A total of 3,342 (1,634 females, 1,708 males) children aged 6-11 years from among 4,258 students were included in the study. Age- and gender-specific height, weight and BMI references were produced. The 3rd– 97th percentiles were detected to be higher than the range of percentiles between 6-11-year-old children. We consider that this first local reference for Elazığ will provide a useful tool for health planning and monitoring of growth and development. Keywords : body mass index, growth, height, percentiles, weight.

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