A comparison of growth: Spanish-surnamed with non-Spanish-surnamed children

B. Duncan, A. N. Smith, F. W. Briese

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Weight, height, and head circumference measurements of 4,167 Spanish-surnamed school-aged children were compared with similar data from 2,322 non-Spanish surnamed children who resided in the same Denver, Colorado neighborhoods. These data were also compared with data from six other studies. Both male and female Spanish-surnamed children were found to weigh less, be shorter, and have smaller head circumferences than non-Spanish-surnamed children living in the same Denver neighborhoods. The sizes of the children in these two populations residing in lower and lower-middle class neighborhoods were closer to each other than to the sizes of children from middle and upper-middle socioeconomic classes as measured in previous studies or to the sizes of children in the recently published cross-sectional National Center for Health Statistics study. Such comparisons suggest that growth retardation is more a reflection of socioeconomic factors than of ethnic-genetic factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)903-907
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1979

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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