Weight, height and BMI references in Elazig: an east Anatolian city

Pirincci E., MAZICIOĞLU M. M. , Berberoglu U., Acik Y., Durmus B., ÖZTÜRK A.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, vol.53, no.4, pp.404-412, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Page Numbers: pp.404-412


The aim of this study was to produce the growth references for Elazig children aged 6-11 years. Data were collected in eight primary schools of Elazig in 2007. Age-and gender-specific height, weight and body mass index (BMI) references were produced with LMS (Lambda-Mu-Sigma) method and compared with reported values in an Anatolian and a metropolitan city. A total of 3,342 (1,634 females, 1,708 males) children aged 6-11 years from among 4,258 students were included in the study. Age-and gender-specific height, weight and BMI references were produced. The 3rd-97th percentiles were detected to be higher than the range of percentiles between 6-11-year-old children. We consider that this first local reference for Elazig will provide a useful tool for health planning and monitoring of growth and development.