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Evaluation of the growth performance of female adolescents in Maceio - Brazil

De Albuquerque, Maria De Fatima Machado; (1993) Evaluation of the growth performance of female adolescents in Maceio - Brazil. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

In Brazil, the majority of growth studies focus on children aged less than 10 years. Many reasons explain this trend. One of them seems to be related to the necessity of controlling the high infant mortality existing in developing countries. Another one could be related to the assumption that growth at adolescence is largely independent of the previous childhood process. Recent studies give some insight into the profile of the height gain of those who are growth retarded during adolescence. Nevertheless, whether puberty plays an important role for determining adult stature is still unclear. This thesis evaluates the growth performance of female adolescents living in contrasting social conditions in Maceio - Brazil. It describes and analyses the morbidity pattern, occurrence of menarche, growth in height, weight, fatness, and dietary intake. Results indicate that the girls from the low income families had a higher incidence of illnesses, presented the tendency to menstruate later and had slower rates of linear growth in comparison to their counterparts. In addition, the analysis of the dietary intake shows that the low income girls group did not meet their energy and nutrient requirements.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Evaluation of the growth performance of female adolescents in Maceio - Brazil
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Social sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10106653
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