The Decline in BMI among Japanese Women after WWII
The age-specific body mass index (BMI) of adult Japanese women has steadily decreased over time, while that of Japanese men has increased. This study examines the long-term trend of age-specific BMI in Japan, by combining unique historical data sets and conducting nonparametric regression analysis. We find that the decline in female BMI is a cohort-specific phenomenon with women born in the 1930s having the highest BMI. However, the age-specific BMI of young girls has continuously increased throughout the 20th century. We conclude that the BMI decline can be traced back to females in their late teen years shortly after WWII.
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