Establishing cross-sectional curves for height, weight, body mass index and waist circumference for 4- to 18-year-old Greek children, using the Lambda Mu and Sigma (LMS) statistical method

K. D. Tambalis, D. B. Panagiotakos, G. Arnaoutis, G. Psarra, M. Maraki, S. Mourtakos, D. Grigorakis, Labros S. Sidossis

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Abstract

Background: We sought to establish cross-sectional curves for body weight, height, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference for 4- to 18-year-old Greek boys and girls, using the empirical distribution and the Lambda Mu and Sigma (LMS) statistical method. Methods: From March 2014 to May 2014, a total of 473,837 boys and girls aged 4 to 18 years who attended school in Greece were enrolled. The studied sample was representative, in terms of age-sex distribution and geographical region. Anthropometric indices measurements (i.e., height, weight and waist circumference) were performed and BMI was calculated and used to calculate normative values, using the percentiles of the empirical distributions and the LMS method. Results: Updated growth references for 4- to 18-year-old Greek children tabulated as critical percentiles and LMS values from 3 to 97 (P3, P10, P25, P50, P75, P90, P97) and smoothed curves are presented. Positive secular trends of height, weight and waist circumference were observed in children and adolescents 4 to 18 years old (all p values

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-248
Number of pages10
JournalHippokratia
Volume19
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • BMI
  • Body mass index
  • Children
  • Cutoff point
  • Greece

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Tambalis, K. D., Panagiotakos, D. B., Arnaoutis, G., Psarra, G., Maraki, M., Mourtakos, S., Grigorakis, D., & Sidossis, L. S. (2015). Establishing cross-sectional curves for height, weight, body mass index and waist circumference for 4- to 18-year-old Greek children, using the Lambda Mu and Sigma (LMS) statistical method. Hippokratia, 19(3), 239-248.