Original paper

Changes of the Body Mass Index during Childhood

Hajnis, Karel; Pavelkov, Jaroslava

Kurzfassung

Summary: This article is devoted to the age changes of the Body Mass Index in Czech and Slovak children from 1.5 to 15 years of age.The anthropological survey was carried out in 1976 - 1978 in the whole region of the former Czechoslovakia.At the beginning of the research period children with normal weight predominate.After the seventh year of age there is a change and the BMI is increasing.As late as pre-puberty and puberty there is a change in a fractional part of the population,as children with overweight are increasing,more frequently in girls than in boys.However,its presence is not fundamentally increasing up to 15 years.The frequency differences in the different BMI categories between both sexes in the Czech and Slovak populations are only rarely statistically significant

Keywords

Body Mass IndexchangeschildhoodCzech and Slovak populations