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Height, weight and body mass index for men and women aged 40-42 years



Height, weight and body mass index for men and women aged 40-42 years



Tidsskrift for den Norske Laegeforening 116(18): 2152-2156



All men and women aged 40-42 years in Norway (except in Oslo, the capital city) were invited to tuberculosis and cardiovascular screenings during the period 1963-95. Height and weight were measured. Men who attended the last screening in 1991-95 were on average 3.0 cm taller than the generation who attended the first screening (1963-75). Women who were measured in 1991-95 were 2.7 cm taller. Mean weight increased 5.6 kg for men and 1.3 kg for women, while body mass index (BMI) increased O.9 kg/m-2 for men and decreased 0.3 kg/m-2 for women. BMI has increased steadily in men, but in women a U-shaped time trend was found with a somewhat lower level for the last time period. The proportion with BMI above 30 kg/m-2 has doubled among men and is now 9.1%, while in women the proportion has become slightly lower in the last period, and is now 8.4%. The mean BMI was highest in ex-smokers and lowest in current smokers, with persons who had never smoked in the middle. The difference between ex-smokers and current smokers was 0.9 kg/m-2 in men and 0.7 kg/m-2 in women.

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