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Special Issue "Assessment of Growth and Development of Children and Adolescents Worldwide"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Children's Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2022 | Viewed by 2419

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Stevo Popovic
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Faculty for Sport and Physical Education, University of Montenegro, 81400 Niksic, Montenegro
Interests: anthropology of sport; social issues in sport; sport management; public health; sport sciences
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Dr. Juel Jarani
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Department of Social Sciences and Education, Sport University of Tirana, 1000 Tirana, Albania
Interests: anthropology of sport; public Health; sport sciences
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Growth and development represent a continuous interaction of biological processes throughout the lifespan of human beings. The quality of human growth and development are influenced by a wide range of biological and environmental factors. Biological factors, such as genetics, nutrition, gender and others, play particularly important roles in the growth and development of children and adolescents, particularly at critical periods of development. On the other hand, the environment also plays a significant role in this; environmental factors, such as physical surroundings, geographical conditions, schooling and socioeconomic status of the family, represent the sum total of physical and psychological stimulation that children and adolescents accordingly receive.

It is interesting to highlight the fact that almost half of the people of concern to the UNHCR are children and adolescents. However, there are many other stakeholders who are also interested in enhancing the growth and development of children and adolescents who have physical, psychological and social needs that must be met to enable healthy growth and development. The extent to which parents, families, local communities and entire societies are able to meet children and adolescents' developmental needs has long-term consequences for the kinds of adults they will become in the future.

Since children and adolescents are not a homogenous group, there is a universal need for the continuous monitoring of the growth and development of them worldwide, mostly due to the fact that it is necessary to understand the existing variances among them caused by differences in age, gender, maturity, social class and cultural or religious background. Taking these and many other factors into account is basic purpose of this Special Issue.

Dr. Stevo Popovic
Dr. Juel Jarani
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • stature
  • body height
  • children
  • WHO
  • growth references
  • misclassification

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Trajectories of Body Height, Body Weight, BMI, and Nutrition Status from 1979 to 1987: A Measurement-Based Analysis of 8740 Montenegrin Male Adolescents from the Municipality of Berane
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(10), 5490; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105490 - 20 May 2021
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This study aimed to consolidate the body height, body weight, BMI, and nutrition status data of the overall young male population from the Municipality of Berane in order to assess the trajectories of those variables from 1979 to 1987. The sample of respondents [...] Read more.
This study aimed to consolidate the body height, body weight, BMI, and nutrition status data of the overall young male population from the Municipality of Berane in order to assess the trajectories of those variables from 1979 to 1987. The sample of respondents included 8740 adolescents who were divided into nine groups according to their age. The sample of variables included body height, body weight, body mass index, and nutrition status, which were presented based on a long-established BMI categorization (underweight, normal weight, pre-obese, and obese). The descriptive statistics are expressed as the mean and standard deviation for each variable; the analysis of nutrition status was calculated based on BMI, while LSD post hoc testing with ANOVA was employed to investigate differences between the means. The results indicate that a secular trend is visible regarding body height and body weight, while no trend is visible for the BMI and nutrition status. This study’s contribution is that it provides insight into more recently published data for the studied period and in this municipality, which can significantly aid in following the secular trend throughout Montenegro. Full article
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