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A chart to predict adult height from a child's current height

Cole, TJ; Wright, CM; (2011) A chart to predict adult height from a child's current height. ANN HUM BIOL , 38 (6) 662 - 668. 10.3109/03014460.2011.598189.

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Abstract

Background: A child's adult height is commonly predicted using their target height, based on mid-parent height. However, if no growth disorder is suspected, the child's current height is a far better predictor of their adult height.Aim: To develop a chart to predict a child's adult height from their current height, adjusting for regression to the mean. Subjects and methods: Data from the First Zurich Longitudinal Growth Study provided correlations between child height and adult height by age and sex, for use in a regression model predicting adult height centile from child height centile. The model was validated using data from the British 1946 and 1958 birth cohorts.Results: The chart is illustrated superimposed on the British 1990 boys height chart. The predicted height has a standard error of 4-5 cm for ages from 4 years to puberty in both sexes. The regression adjustment partially compensates for biased predictions in early and late developers in puberty. A simplified version of the chart for restricted age ranges is also shown, as used on the UK-WHO 0-4 years growth charts.Conclusion: The height prediction chart should be of value for parents, and indirectly professionals, to predict adult height in their children.

Type: Article
Title: A chart to predict adult height from a child's current height
DOI: 10.3109/03014460.2011.598189
Keywords: Height, chart, child, adult, prediction, MIDPARENT HEIGHT, COHORT PROFILE, BONE-AGE, BIRTH, STATURE, CURVES
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Child Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1320582
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