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Titolo:
Body height, birth cohort and social background in Finland and Sweden
Autore:
Silventoinen, K; Lahelma, E; Lundberg, O; Rahkonen, O;
Indirizzi:
Univ Helsinki, Dept Publ Hlth, FIN-00014 Helsinki, Finland Univ Helsinki Helsinki Finland FIN-00014 th, FIN-00014 Helsinki, Finland Stockholm Univ, Swedish Inst Social Res, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Univ Stockholm Sweden S-10691 l Res, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden Univ Helsinki, Dept Social Policy, Helsinki, Finland Univ Helsinki Helsinki Finland i, Dept Social Policy, Helsinki, Finland
Titolo Testata:
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
fascicolo: 2, volume: 11, anno: 2001,
pagine: 124 - 129
SICI:
1101-1262(200106)11:2<124:BHBCAS>2.0.ZU;2-C
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
CHILDHOOD; SUPPLEMENTATION; ENVIRONMENT; PREGNANCY; WEIGHT; GROWTH; HEALTH; EUROPE;
Keywords:
birth cohort; body-height; Finland; social background; Sweden;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Medicine
Citazioni:
30
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Silventoinen, K Univ Helsinki, Dept Publ Hlth, POB 41, FIN-00014 Helsinki,Finland Univ Helsinki POB 41 Helsinki Finland FIN-00014 , Finland
Citazione:
K. Silventoinen et al., "Body height, birth cohort and social background in Finland and Sweden", EUR J PUB H, 11(2), 2001, pp. 124-129

Abstract

Background: Poor childhood living conditions are associated with short stature. Before the Second World War Finland had much lower living standards than Sweden, but this gap had largely disappeared by the 1970s, Body height differences were examined by birth cohort, economic difficulties in childhood and adult socioeconomic position in Finland and Sweden. Methods: Two nationally representative data sets were used (n=7,300 in Finland and n=4,551 in Sweden). Three indicators of social background were included, i.e. economic difficulties in childhood, education and occupational class. The methods used were direct age-standardisation, index of dissimilarity and regression analysis. Results: In the cohort born in 1920-1929 body height was taller in Sweden (175.8 cm among men and 163.7 cm among women) than in Finland (173.9 and 161.2 cm respectively). Body height by birth cohort increased faster in Finland, with the result that, in the cohort born in 1960-1969, the gap between the countries had narrowed to 0.8 cm among men and 0.3 cm amongwomen. Body height differences by social background were larger in Finlandthan in Sweden. Socioeconomic body height differences have remained largely stable over the birth cohorts in both countries. Conclusions: The resultssuggest that differential economic development is partly seen in the narrowing of body height differences between Finland and Sweden. However, socioeconomic differences in body height have remained largely similar over the birth cohorts studied and between Finland and Sweden.

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