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The Impact of School-Day Variation in Weight and Height on National Child Measurement Programme Body Mass Index-Determined Weight Category in Year 6 Children.

Routen, Ashley, Edwards, M.G., Upton, Dominic and Peters, D.M. (2011) The Impact of School-Day Variation in Weight and Height on National Child Measurement Programme Body Mass Index-Determined Weight Category in Year 6 Children. Child: Care, Health and Development. ISSN 1365-2214

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Background In England, the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) annually measures the weight and height of Year 6 school children (age 10–11 years). While measurement protocols are defined, the time of measurement within the school day is not. This study examined the impact of school-day variation in weight and height on NCMP body mass index (BMI)-determined weight category in Year 6 children. Methods Standing height and weight were measured in morning and afternoon sessions in 74 children, boys (n= 34; height: 141.16 ± 7.45 cm; weight: 36.48 ± 9.46 kg, BMI: 18.19 ± 3.98 kg/m2) and girls (n= 40; height: 144.58 ± 7.66 cm; weight: 42.25 ± 11.29 kg; BMI: 19.97 ± 3.98 kg/m2) aged 11 ± 0.3 years. Results In the whole sample, height decreased (Mean =−0.51 cm, 95% CI: −0.39 to −0.64 cm, P= 0.01), weight did not change (Mdn = 36.40 to 36.35, P= 0.09) and BMI increased (Mdn = 18.04 to 18.13, P= 0.01). In girls weight increased (Mdn = 41.40 to 41.60, P= 0.01). BMI percentile increased (Mdn = 57th to 59.5th centile, P= 0.01). One girl increased in BMI category from morning to afternoon according to the clinical cut-offs (≤2nd, >91st and >98th) and three girls increased BMI category according to the population monitoring cut-offs (≤2nd, ≥85th, ≥95th). Conclusions School-day variation in height (and in girls alone, weight) impact upon increased BMI and BMI percentile in afternoon versus morning measurements in Year 6 children. Although not reaching statistical significance, resultant variation in categorization at the individual level may lead to unwarranted follow-up procedures being initiated. Further research with larger samples is required to further explore the impact of daily variability in height and weight upon both clinical and population monitoring BMI-determined weight status categorization in the NCMP.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: anthropometry, diurnal variation, measurement reliability, obesity, overweight, children
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Laura Scurlock-Evans
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2011 10:33
Last Modified: 20 May 2016 15:45

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