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BMI distribution changes in adolescent British girls
  1. E Georgiades1,
  2. J J Reilly2,
  3. E Stathopoulou3,
  4. A M Livingston1,
  5. Y P Pitsiladis1
  1. 1University of Glasgow, Centre for Exercise Science and Medicine, Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
  2. 2University of Glasgow, Dept of Human Nutrition, Yorkhill Hospitals, Glasgow G3 8SJ, UK
  3. 3Medway Maritime Hospital, Community Child Health, Gillingham, Kent ME7 5NY, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Y P Pitsiladis;


Body mass index (BMI) distribution changes were assessed in 2547 relatively affluent English girls, aged 12–16 years, during the UK childhood obesity epidemic (1986–96). An increase in BMI variability was observed only in 12–14 year olds, suggesting that BMI changes for population subgroups were complex, and inconsistent with a generalised increase in BMI.

  • BMI
  • obesity
  • adolescent girls

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