Special Issue "Update of Current References for the Assessment and Classification of the Somatic Status and Growth of Children"
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: 31 March 2022.
Body height is the most commonly used anthropometric measure for the assessment and classification of the somatic status and growth of children. For this reason, the World Health Organization (WHO) constructed various growth references intended for global use that are directly derived or indirectly affected by body height. However, some studies have highlighted that the WHO core sample was based on country-specific, relatively small, and temporally distant reference samples that cannot be used as reliable references for each region around the world. Studies that aimed to assess whether the body height of contemporary children from the Western Balkans are similar to the body height of their peers from the reference core sample have shown that the 50th percentile of body height in the Western Balkan sample exceeds the 75th percentile of the core reference sample, which shows that the two populations are quite distinct. From this reason, the WHO references should be used with caution for growth assessment in children from the Western Balkans, and perhaps in other populations around the world as well.
In order to initiate geographically dislocated research and expert discussion to review the already-established WHO growth references, this Special Issue seeks research papers on the assessment of the body height of contemporary children from various regions and countries around the world, and its comparison to the body height of their peers from the WHO reference core sample.
The evaluation of current references is equally important so that the scientific community can identify the best ways to update current references or promote totally new growth references if necessary.
Dr. Stevo Popovic
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- body height
- growth references