The relation of menarcheal age to obesity in childhood and adulthood: the Bogalusa heart study

@article{Freedman2003TheRO,
  title={The relation of menarcheal age to obesity in childhood and adulthood: the Bogalusa heart study},
  author={David S Freedman and Laura Kettel Khan and Mary K. Serdula and William H. Dietz and Sathanur R. Srinivasan and Gerald Berenson},
  journal={BMC Pediatrics},
  year={2003},
  volume={3},
  pages={3 - 3}
}
BACKGROUND Several studies have shown that girls who undergo menarche at a relatively young age tend to be more obese as adults. However, because childhood (pre-menarcheal) levels of weight and height are associated with an earlier menarche, the increased prevalence of adult obesity among early maturers may largely reflect the persistence of childhood obesity into adulthood. METHODS We examined these interrelationships among 1179 girls (65% white, 35% black) who were examined as children… CONTINUE READING