Title

Physical growth and sexual maturation of boys in Chapaevsk, Russia

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Pediatrics

Date

2-2003

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Adolescent; Anthropometry; Body Height; Body Mass Index; Body Weight; Child; Cross-Sectional Studies; Genitalia, Male; Growth; Humans; Male; Population; Puberty; Reference Values; Russia; Sexual Maturation

Disciplines

Cell Biology | Developmental Biology | Endocrinology

Abstract

We characterized physical growth and sexual maturation in 2,579 boys, ages 10 through 16.99 years, residing in Chapaevsk, Russia in order to establish region-specific reference data. Age-specific norms were established for height, weight, and BMI, and compared to US reference data by z-score analysis, while mean heights and weights by age were compared to published national Russian data. Compared to US boys, height was slightly lower (overall z-score -0.18) at all ages except the oldest (16-16.99 yr), while weight and BMI were moderately lower (overall z-score -0.52 and -0.61, respectively). Chapaevsk boys were significantly taller (1.15 cm) and thinner (-1.28 kg) than the broader Russian sample. The median ages of stage 2 genitalia and pubic hair development were 11.9 and 12.7 years, respectively. In conclusion, Chapaevsk boys are thinner than both US and Russian boys, and have a later onset of puberty and attainment of sexual maturity than boys from other countries.

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Citation: J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2003 Feb;16(2):169-78. Link to publisher's site.

Comments

At the time of publication Mary Lee was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

12713253