The Relation of Menarcheal Age to Anthropometric Profiles in Korean Girls


The aim of this study was to represent the trend of early menarche and to assess the association of age at menarche with anthropometric profiles of Korean children and adolescents. A cross sectional survey was conducted with 13,371 girls aged 10 to 18 yr, recruited nationwide from April, 2005 to March, 2006. Height, weight and waist circumference of the subjects were measured; and the subjects self-reported their ages at menarche. We found that the menarcheal girls were taller (P<0.05 for the girls between 10 and 14 yr) and heavier (P<0.05 for the girls between 10 and 18 yr) than non-menarcheal ones. Menarcheal girls also showed higher body mass index (BMI), and greater waist circumference than non-menarcheal ones. Significant differences were represented according to the age at menarche in terms of BMI, waist circumference, % body fat mass, waist hip ratio and neck circumference as well as height and weight (P<0.05). In conclusion, girls who matured early were taller and heavier in early adolescence than those who matured later.

DOI: 10.3346/jkms.2010.25.10.1405

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@inproceedings{Kim2010TheRO, title={The Relation of Menarcheal Age to Anthropometric Profiles in Korean Girls}, author={Ji-yeong Kim and In Hwan Oh and Eun-Young Lee and Chang-Mo Oh and Kyung-Sik Choi and Bong-keun Choe and Tai-Young Yoon and Sung-Hee Shin and Joong-Myung Choi}, booktitle={Journal of Korean medical science}, year={2010} }