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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-9

Anthropometric evaluation of growth variation in urban dwelling female adolescent school children

1 Department of Anatomy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anambra State, Nigeria
2 Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
3 Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, University of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Nigeria
4 Department of Anatomy, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Nigeria

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Department of Anatomy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi Campus, Anambra State
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DOI: 10.4103/2315-7992.160732

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Introduction: Growth studies among children are important in health planning and policy making, as it has been observed that the interaction between environmental and genetic constitution is manifested in physical growth. The aim of this work was to investigate the variation in growth patterns of adolescent girls from different socioeconomic status attending schools (a private and public schools) in urban Lagos, Nigeria. Materials and Methods: The cross-sectional study was undertaken on 320 adolescent female schoolchildren in Lagos, Nigeria. Six anthropometric measurements, such as weight, stature, sitting height, waist circumference, biacromial breadth, and biceps skinfold were taken into consideration observing ISAK protocol for measurement. Results: The results revealed that the private school girls had consistently higher values than the public school girls. Conclusion: This indicates that a consistent variation pattern in growth exists among the girls studied. Therefore there is need for adequate health monitoring during adolescence.

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