Type

Journal Article

Authors

Bernard Cousins
Janas Harrington
Helen Whelton
Ivan J Perry

Subjects

Education

Topics
historical trends height child development humans childhood obesity anthropometry adolescent physiopathology female weight adolescent development obesity post celtic tiger social change ireland 20th century child preschool body height social change epidemiology male health surveys physiology ireland prevalence child health surveys ireland body weight obesity in children ireland

The heights and weights of Irish children from the post-war era to the Celtic tiger (2009)

Abstract BACKGROUND: Childhood obesity is a significant global health issue. National level data on long-term secular trends are relatively sparse. METHODS: Data were obtained from three large-scale surveys of school-aged children in Ireland involving measurements of height and weight in 1948, the 1970s and 2002. RESULTS: Significant increases in height and weight were observed in both boys and girls and in all age groups across the decades. The increases in weight were disproportionate to the trends in height. While boys aged 14 years were 23 cm taller 2002 than in 1948, their average weight was 61 kg, compared with 37 kg in 1948, an increase of 24 kg. A substantial proportion of the increase in weight is seen between the 1970s and 2002. CONCLUSIONS: The data provide stark and compelling evidence on the evolution of the obesity epidemic in Irish children in tandem with the increase in economic prosperity.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Bernard Cousins, Janas Harrington, Helen Whelton, Ivan J Perry

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