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The National Study of Health and Growth

Roberto Rona and Susan Chinn

Abstract

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 res ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780192629197
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629197.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roberto Rona, author
UMS Guy's and St Thomas's, London

Susan Chinn, author
UMS Guy's and St Thomas's, London