Cadernos de Saúde Pública
versão impressa ISSN 0102-311X
KAC, Gilberto e SANTOS, Ricardo V.. Physical growth in stature of school children of Japanese ancestry in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1996, vol.12, n.2, pp. 253-257. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1996000200014.
This paper reports the results of a cross-sectional survey describing the growth in stature of a sample of school children of Japanese ancestry (three or four grandparents born in Japan) and of high socio-economic status living in São Paulo, Brazil. The sample comprises 124 individuals 7-10 years of age, of both sexes. The results show that the children present mean values of stature below the median values of the NCHS curves ("National Center for Health Statistics", U.S.A.). The values are similar to the medians of a sample of Japanese children and below those of well-to-do Brazilian children of non-Japanese ancestry studied by the PNSN ("Pesquisa Nacional sobre Saúde e Nutrição", Brazil). The findings do not support the hypothesis of uniformity of growth potential in stature, casting doubts on the utilization of a single anthropometric reference in the assessment of nutritional status.
Palavras-chave : Physical Growth; Stature; Japanese-Brazilians; Anthropometry; Nutrition.