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The National Study of Health and Growth

Roberto Rona and Susan Chinn

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780192629197
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723612 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629197.001.0001
The National Study of Health and Growth

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The National Study of Health and Growth (NSHG) was a surveillance system of growth in primary school children of England and Scotland from 1972 to 1994. The system included a representative sample and an inner city sample. The study was valuable for assessing the possible impact of food welfare policy and social factors on nutritional status, mainly assessed in terms of height. The NSHG was the first study to document an increase in child obesity in the United Kingdom. Although the principal aim of the NHSG was to monitor nutritional status, the study was influential in assessing trends in respiratory illness, especially asthma, and in reporting on the risk factors of obesity, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and physical fitness, and other health complaints such as food intolerance, enuresis, and sleep disturbances. The NSGH was successful in maintaining a high response rate throughout its existence.

Keywords: monitoring; nutritional status; obesity; respiratory illness; surveillance; school children; social factors; trends; welfare policy

Book.  144 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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The administration of long-term large studies in The National Study of Health and Growth

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Secular trend in height in The National Study of Health and Growth

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Secular trend in obesity in The National Study of Health and Growth

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Factors related to height in The National Study of Health and Growth

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Factors related to obesity in The National Study of Health and Growth

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Coronary heart disease risk factors in children in The National Study of Health and Growth

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Studies on respiratory illness and lung function in The National Study of Health and Growth

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