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  1. Childhood leg length and adult mortality : follow up of the Carnegie (Boyd Orr) Survey of Diet and Health in Pre-war Britain.

    Article - En anglais


    To investigate the relation between childhood height, its components-leg length and trunk length-and mortality in adulthood.

    Design-Cohort study based on the Carnegie (Boyd Orr) Survey of diet and health in pre-war Britain, 1937-9.

    Setting-The 14 centres in England and Scotland that participated in the Carnegie Survey and where children were examined.

    Scottish centres :

    • Aberdeen,

    • Dundee,

    • West Wemyss,

    • Coaltown of Wemyss,

    • Hopeman,

    • Methlick,

    • Tarves,

    • Barthol Chapel.

    English Centres :

    • Liverpool,

    • Yorkshire,

    • Barrow in Furness,

    • Wisbech,

    • Fulham, and Bethnal Green.

    Subjects-2990 boys and girls aged between 2 years and 14 years 9 months when they were examined in 1937-9.

    These children were drawn from 1134 families who underwent a one week assessment of family diet and home circumstances.

    Of these, 2547 (85%) have been traced and flagged using the NHS Central Register.

    Main outcome measures-Age adjusted overall, coronary heart disease, and cancer mortality in men and women in relation to age and sex specific z scores for height, leg length, and trunk length.

    All analyses were adjusted for the possible confounding effects of childhood and adult socioeconomic circumstances and childhood diet.


    Leg length was the component of childhood height most strongly associated with socioeconomic and dietary exposures.

    There was no significant relation between childhood height and overall mortality. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Taille corporelle, Mesure longueur, Jambe, Mortalité, Tronc, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Régime alimentaire, Cardiopathie coronaire, Statut socioéconomique, Facteur risque, Etude cohorte, Enfant, Homme, Adulte, Tumeur maligne, Appareil circulatoire pathologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Body size, Length measurement, Leg, Mortality, Trunk, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Diet, Coronary heart disease, Socioeconomic status, Risk factor, Cohort study, Child, Human, Adult, Malignant tumor, Cardiovascular disease

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0195105

    Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 11/09/1998.