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Rural-urban variations in age at menarche, adult height, leg length and abdominal adiposity in black south African women in transitioning South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-29 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T12:30:33Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T12:30:33Z
dc.date.issued 2018-03-29 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11897
dc.description.abstract The pre-pubertal socioeconomic environment may be an important determinant of age at menarche, adult height, body proportions and adiposity: traits closely linked to adolescent and adult health. This study explored differences in age at menarche, adult height, relative leg-length and waist circumference between rural and urban black South African young adult women, who are at different stages of the nutrition and epidemiologic transitions. We compared 18???23 year-old black South African women, 482 urban-dwelling from Soweto and 509 from the rural Mpumalanga province. Age at menarche, obstetric history and household socio-demographic and economic information were recorded using interview-administered questionnaires. Height, sitting-height, hip and waist circumference were measured using standardised techniques. Urban and rural black South African women differed in their age at menarche (at ages 12.7 and 14.5 years, respectively). In urban women, a one-year increase in age at menarche was associated with a 0.65 cm and 0.16% increase in height and relative leg-length ratio, respectively. In both settings, earlier age at menarche and shorter relative leg-length were independently associated with an increase in waist circumference. In black South African women, the earlier onset of puberty, and consequently an earlier growth cessation process, may lead to central fat mass accumulation in adulthood. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.subject PUBERTY en
dc.subject WEIGHT MANAGEMENT en
dc.subject NUTRITION en
dc.title Rural-urban variations in age at menarche, adult height, leg length and abdominal adiposity in black south African women in transitioning South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume March en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle Annals of Human Biology en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10298 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 9262 en
dc.bibliographictitle Said-Mohamed, R., Prioreschi, A., Nyati, L.H., Van Heerden, AC, Munthali, R.J., Kahn, K., Tollman, S.M., Gomez-Olive, F.X., Houle, B., Dunger, D.B. & Norris, S.A. (2018) Rural-urban variations in age at menarche, adult height, leg length and abdominal adiposity in black south African women in transitioning South Africa. <i>Annals of Human Biology</i>. March:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2018 en
dc.contributor.author1 Said-Mohamed, R. en
dc.contributor.author2 Prioreschi, A. en
dc.contributor.author3 Nyati, L.H. en
dc.contributor.author4 Van Heerden, AC en
dc.contributor.author5 Munthali, R.J. en
dc.contributor.author6 Kahn, K. en
dc.contributor.author7 Tollman, S.M. en
dc.contributor.author8 Gomez-Olive, F.X. en
dc.contributor.author9 Houle, B. en
dc.contributor.author10 Dunger, D.B. en
dc.contributor.author11 Norris, S.A. en


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