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

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dc.contributor.author Perry, Ivan J.
dc.contributor.author Whelton, Helen
dc.contributor.author Harrington, Janas M.
dc.contributor.author Cousins, Bernard
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-12T12:17:46Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-12T12:17:46Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03
dc.identifier.citation Perry I.J., Whelton H., Harrington J., Cousins B., 2009. The heights and weights of Irish children from the post-war era to the Celtic tiger. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 63(3), pp.262-264. en
dc.identifier.volume 63 en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 262 en
dc.identifier.endpage 264 en
dc.identifier.issn 0143-005X
dc.identifier.issn 1470-2738
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/115
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/jech.2008.079236
dc.description.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. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher British Medical Journal Group en
dc.rights © 2009 IJ Perry et al; licensee BMJ Group en
dc.subject Childhood obesity en
dc.subject Historical trends en
dc.subject Height en
dc.subject Weight en
dc.subject.lcsh Obesity in children -- Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Social change -- Ireland -- 20th century en
dc.subject.lcsh Health surveys -- Ireland en
dc.title The heights and weights of Irish children from the post-war era to the Celtic tiger en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Ivan J. Perry, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Email: i.perry@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Helen Whelton, WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health Services Research, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. E-mail: h.whelton@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Janas Harrington, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Email: j.harrington@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2010-02-10T11:00:18Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 819246
dc.internal.pmid 19208691
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of epidemiology and community health en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress i.perry@ucc.ie en


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