Measurements of weight and height of 2392 adolescent Egyptian boys and girls ages 14 - 20 years from secondary schools of Zifta city, Gharbia Gavernoratewere taken to determine their growth pattern.
Curves for weight and height percentile have been done. It was observed that, the body weight of boys increased steadily with age, while that of girls was fluctuating. Girls were heavier than boys at all percentiles at the age 14-17 years and from 17 years onwards except few exceptions boys become heavier. Compared with the standard weights. the mean body weight of adolescent Egyptian boys was lighter than that recorded by the WHO and National Center for Health Statistics. On the contrary. the weight of adolescent Egyptian girls was heavier Than the standard recorded by The National Center for Health Statistics. Fortunately, from 16 years onwards they were away from dangerous extremes of weight. On the other hand, the mean height of boys was more than that of girls at all age groups. This sex difference was statistically significant. More over, the height of boys increased steadily with age with few exceptions while the height of girls showed fluctuations in percentiles at different age groups. Also, the study showed that height of adolescent Egyptian boys and girls was less than the standard reported by WHO and National Center For Health Statistics at all age groups
Naira Monsour Hassan ,
Weight and height of Egyptian adolescents [14-20]years from Zifta city, gharbia governorate,
Sci. Med. J. 1996;
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