Changes in body size, shape and nutritional status of Middle-Class Bengali boys of Kolkata, India, 1982-2002
Growth changes over time among school-aged boys in Kolkata, India, have been investigated using two surveys: 1982-1983 (nÂ =Â 816) and 1999-2002 (nÂ =Â 1187). The two surveys were implemented according to highly similar protocols which strongly adds to the reliability and accuracy of the results of the study. Age-specific average height, weight and BMI all increased during these two decades (by respectively, 3.2Â cm, 6.1Â kg and 2.1Â kg/m2), while relative sitting height and sitting height-subischial leg length ratio decreased for almost all ages between 7.0 and 16.0 years. Moreover, the prevalence of stunting and thinness declined (stunting from 11.2% to 4.9%, pÂ
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