Print Email Facebook Twitter Height of south Asian children in the Netherlands aged 0–20 years: Secular trends and comparisons with current Asian Indian, Dutch and WHO references Title Height of south Asian children in the Netherlands aged 0–20 years: Secular trends and comparisons with current Asian Indian, Dutch and WHO references Author de Wilde, J.A. van Dommelen, P. van Buuren, S. Middelkoop, B.J.C. Publication year 2014 Abstract Background: People from Asian populations are generally shorter than other ethnic groups. It is unknown if current universal height references are suitable for affluent South Asian children in the Netherlands. Aims: To develop height-for-age charts for contemporary South Asian children aged 0–20 years living in the Netherlands, to evaluate secular trends, and to compare the charts with current Asian Indian, Dutch and WHO references. Subjects and methods: A population-based study measured 3315 South Asian children aged 0–20 years between 2007–2010. Among this cohort, 6876 measurements were taken. Another 7388 measurements were taken of a historical cohort of 1078 children born between 1974– 1976 (aged 0–18 years). Results: An upward trend in height was observed for South Asian children living in the Netherlands between 1992–2010. The height-for-age charts of the South Asian historical cohort were similar to current Asian Indian charts. South Asian children in the Netherlands were shorter than their Dutch contemporaries at every age; and these differences increased further during adolescence. Compared to the WHO height-for-age references, there were considerable discrepancies in height, with curves intersecting twice. Conclusion: The discrepancies between the South Asian and Dutch and WHO height-for-age references indicate differences in growth patterns between the source populations. Subject Behavioural ChangesLS - Life StyleELSS - Earth, Life and Social SciencesHealthy for LifeHealthHealthy LivingAdolescentChildGrowth and developmentReference valuesChild healthHeightMeasurement methodPopulation structureWorld Health OrganizationNetherlandsSouth Asia To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:e77e3b32-7f76-433a-82d0-7312c088567f TNO identifier 505872 Source Annals of Human Biology, 42 (1), 38-44 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.