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.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Stevo Popovic
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Guest Editor
Faculty for Sport and Physical Education,University of Montenegro,Niksic 81400,Montenegro
Interests: Anthropology of Sport; Social Issues in Sport; Sport Management; Public Health; Sport Sciences

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor

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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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