Paper Retracted - EVALUATION OF CHILDREN GROWTH PARAMETERS – A MULTIDISCIPLINARY ISSUE

  • Carmen Vulpoi Professor of Endocrinology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T.Popa” Iasi, Romania
  • Doina Azoicăi Professor of Epidemiology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T.Popa” Iasi, Romania
  • Maria-Christina Ungureanu Lecturer of Endocrinology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T.Popa” Iasi, Romania
  • Mihaela Cristina Anton Senior endocrinologist, County Hospital Bacau, Romania
  • Raluca Kert Medical Student, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T.Popa” Iasi, Romania
  • Ioana Armaşu PhD Student, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T.Popa” Iasi, Romania
  • Iuliana Vulpoi-Naghel Professor of Physics, Deputy Director, National College, Iasi, Romania
  • Cristina Preda Associated Professor of Endocrinology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T.Popa” Iasi, Romania

Abstract

Growth is a complex process; starting in utero and continuing until the end of puberty. Being a marker of children health, growth evaluation is an important tool. A positive secular trend of height was noticed in the last century. On the other side, geographical differences in height have been noticed, suggesting the necessity of local growth charts. We evaluated growth parameters in the Eastern part of Romania. Study group included 1,949 children (987 girls and 962 boys) aged between 7-16 years, living in the same city, with no chronic illness. The evaluation was performed with the help of the school authorities, and parents’ consent. Anthropometrical parameters (height, weight, and puberty stage) were recorded. Results were compared to the last Romanian growth charts, dating from 1971, and the European Prader standards, from 1989. Mean differences were +5.3 cm in boys and +5.9 cm in girls vs. Romanian charts, and +4.3 cm in boys and +3.6 in girls vs. Prader charts, higher at 10-11 years, probably correlated with earlier puberty onset. Weight had the same tendency of growing in boys (+1.43 kg) and in pre-pubertal girls (+1.1 kg), but after 11 years, girls’ weight was lower, is probably correlated with the more or less anorectic beauty ideal of nowadays. There is a significant increment of height in both boys and girls, suggesting the necessity of new, actualized standards. Assessing children health can be done only with an interdisciplinary team, medical and non-medical.

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Published
2015-09-09
How to Cite
Vulpoi, C., Azoicăi, D., Ungureanu, M.-C., Anton, M. C., Kert, R., Armaşu, I., Vulpoi-Naghel, I., & Preda, C. (2015). Paper Retracted - EVALUATION OF CHILDREN GROWTH PARAMETERS – A MULTIDISCIPLINARY ISSUE. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 11(10). Retrieved from https://eujournal.org/index.php/esj/article/view/6166