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Revista Cubana de Pediatría

Print version ISSN 0034-7531On-line version ISSN 1561-3119


ESQUIVEL LAUZURIQUE, Mercedes et al. Growth curves of waist circumference in Havana children and adolescents. Rev Cubana Pediatr [online]. 2011, vol.83, n.1, pp.44-55. ISSN 0034-7531.

INTRODUCTION. In past decades, the excess weight and obesity have increased in Cuban children and adolescents, thus, are necessaries simple tools allowing analyzing in health practice the characteristics and evolution of obesity. By this reason, we decide to develop growth curves of waist circumference in Havanan children and adolescents, a dimension showing a high correlation with the intra-abdominal fatty mass and consequently, with an atherogenic lipid profile. METHODS. Authors estimated the percentile values according to the age groups and the sex, using the potency transformation method type Box-Cox (BCPE) in 4 360 children and adolescents aged between 7,5 and 19,0 included in the sample of cross-sectional studies of growth and development conducted in La Habana in 1998 and 2005. RESULTS. The waist circumference increased in a significant way with age in both sexes. Boys showed figures higher than that of girls and the values obtained trend to be lower than those reported in other studies. CONCLUSIONS. These curves could be used provisionally with clinical and epidemiologic objectives until be available national references to identify the schoolboys and adolescents with a risk to develop disorders related to visceral adiposity.

Keywords : Waist circumference; growth; children; adolescents; obesity; reference data; percentiles.

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