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Physical growth and sexual maturation of boys in Chapaevsk, Russia
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  • Mary M. Lee, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Oleg Sergeyev, Samara State Medical University
  • Paige Williams, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Susan Korrick, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Vladimir Zeilert, Chapaevsk Central Hospital
  • Boris Revich, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Russ Hauser, Harvard School of Public Health
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Department of Pediatrics
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Adolescent; Anthropometry; Body Height; Body Mass Index; Body Weight; Child; Cross-Sectional Studies; Genitalia, Male; Growth; Humans; Male; Population; Puberty; Reference Values; Russia; Sexual Maturation

We characterized physical growth and sexual maturation in 2,579 boys, ages 10 through 16.99 years, residing in Chapaevsk, Russia in order to establish region-specific reference data. Age-specific norms were established for height, weight, and BMI, and compared to US reference data by z-score analysis, while mean heights and weights by age were compared to published national Russian data. Compared to US boys, height was slightly lower (overall z-score -0.18) at all ages except the oldest (16-16.99 yr), while weight and BMI were moderately lower (overall z-score -0.52 and -0.61, respectively). Chapaevsk boys were significantly taller (1.15 cm) and thinner (-1.28 kg) than the broader Russian sample. The median ages of stage 2 genitalia and pubic hair development were 11.9 and 12.7 years, respectively. In conclusion, Chapaevsk boys are thinner than both US and Russian boys, and have a later onset of puberty and attainment of sexual maturity than boys from other countries.

DOI of Published Version
J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2003 Feb;16(2):169-78. Link to publisher's site.

At the time of publication Mary Lee was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Mary M. Lee, Oleg Sergeyev, Paige Williams, Susan Korrick, et al.. "Physical growth and sexual maturation of boys in Chapaevsk, Russia" Vol. 16 Iss. 2 (2003) ISSN: 0334-018X (Linking)
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