The objective of the survey was to assess whether a secular trend still affected growth of the Czech child population and, if necessary, to update national growth standards.
The study was designed in such a manner so that trends in child growth, obtained from comparisons of body height, body weight and head circumference from the two successive nation-wide representative surveys (1981,1991) of the Czech child population, could be followed.
Representative random samples of the Gzech child population from 0 to 18 years of age were studied with the following number of examined subjects : 86 846 in 1991 and 117 643 in 1981.
Nation-wide standards and growth charts for assessment of growth and development of both individuals and specific groups present main outcome of the survey.
Statistically significant differences were found in body height (both sexes) and weight (more in boys).
No highly significant differences were registered in head circumference.
Based on newly assembled data growth charts far assessment of body height, proportionality and head circumference were designed.
The findings of this study did not support the hypothesis that the secular trend in Czech child population has already ceased.
Mots-clés Pascal : Anthropométrie, Biométrie corporelle, Taille corporelle, Poids corporel, Développement staturopondéral, Enfant, Homme, Epidémiologie, Evolution, République tchèque, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Anthropometry, Corporal biometry, Body size, Body weight, Somatic growth, Child, Human, Epidemiology, Evolution, Czech Republic, Europe
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0213650
Code Inist : 002B29A. Création : 09/06/1995.