Growth parameters of Pakistani children
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A longitudinal study to determine anthropometric measurements was done in 1100 Pakistani children. They were selectively chosen from a high socioeconomic back-ground to eliminate factors of malnutrition and poor environmental sanitation. Measurements were compared with NCHS standards. Results indicate weight and length curves of the study group duplicating NCHS standards at all centiles. However the OFC measurements show a slight deviation whereby both the 50th and 90th centile are above NCHS standards. These results emphasise that differences between South Asian and Western standards of growth which are usually cited, are due to malnutrition, repeated infections etc. Once these biases are removed, South Asian children grow as well as their Western counterparts.
Key wordsNational Centre for Health Statistics (NCHS) Occipito frontal circumference (OFC)
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