Secular trends in weight, weight-for-height and triceps skinfold thickness in primary schoolchildren in England and Scotland from 1972 to 1980

Ann Hum Biol. 1987 Jul-Aug;14(4):311-9. doi: 10.1080/03014468700009101.


Measurements of height, weight and triceps skinfold thickness were obtained from English and Scottish schoolchildren from 15 birth cohorts over the period 1972-1980. Positive trends in weight were found for boys and girls in both countries, but in England they were less than expected from the increases in height. The increase in weight-for-height in Scotland was paralleled by a greater increase in triceps skinfold in Scottish than in English children. Scottish children remained shorter, lighter and thinner than English children, but similar in weight-for-height. Separate monitoring of trends in obesity for English and Scottish children should continue.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Body Height*
  • Body Weight*
  • Child
  • England
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Scotland
  • Skinfold Thickness*
  • Time Factors