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Growth Data in the School Health Service: an indicator of public health? A Nordic review
The Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden.
1991 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, Vol. 1, no 2, p. 100-104Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Monitoring the height and weight of school children is a standard procedure in Nordic schools. These data are used for individual assessments of health and for the development and revision of growth standards. Growth data born previous Nordic studies are analysed. Secular charges in height and weight are described. The usefulness of height as an indicator of social inequality is discussed. The mean height of 10 year old Nordic children increased about 1 cm per decade since the 1930s. There were considerable differences in children's mean height among the five Nordic countries and among children of different socio-economic conditions. The studies of height and weight of Nordic school children differ too much in design to allow closer analyses. Systematic time series studies of growth data from the school health service to assess secular changes in growth and changes of social inequalities are desirable.

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1991. Vol. 1, no 2, p. 100-104
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-10481DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/1.2.100OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-10481DiVA, id: diva2:358317
Available from: 2010-10-21 Created: 2010-10-21 Last updated: 2015-07-09Bibliographically approved

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