The Relationship Between Age at Menarche and Body Mass Index in Adolescent Girls in Taiwan

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304018
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Relationship Between Age at Menarche and Body Mass Index in Adolescent Girls in Taiwan
Author(s):
Chang, Mei-Yueh
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Mei-Yueh Chang, PhD, MSc, RN, mychang@mail.mhchcm.edu.tw
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, Thursday, July 25, 2013

Purpose: To explore the relationship between age at menarche and body mass index (BMI) in adolescent girls in Taiwan.

Methods: A cross-sectional retrospective study was conducted. A structured questionnaire was used to obtain information on their age at menarche and other relevant data. Their weights and heights were measured for the calculation of current BMI. Categories by the Taiwan Department of Health (DOH)of body mass index (BMI) were < 18.5 (under weight), 18.5 - 24 (normal), 24 - 27 (overweight), and > 27(obese).

Results: Night hundred and sixty one adolescent girls were included in this study. Mean age for all the girls was 18.20 (from16- 21 years old). Mean age at menarche was 12.38 years (from7-18 years old). Mean weight and height were 52.43 kg and 159.31 cm, respectively. There were a significant positive relationship between age at menarche and body height (r= .72, p< .026), negative relationship between age at menarche and body weight (r= -122, p< .001), and age at menarche and BMI (r= -.165, p< .001). After divided the study group by BMI according to those categories used by the Taiwan DOH. There was a significant difference in age at menarche among these four BMI groups (F = 8.18, p < 0.001). The age at menarche in the overweight group was lower than under weight (p< .001) and normal groups (p= .02).

Conclusion: These results suggest that BMI and increase in BMI before menarche cause early menarche. It is necessary to pay attention of height and weight of adolescents and management of diet and exercise behaviors that help maintain healthy weight may prevent and control disorders such as obesity before the menarche period.

Keywords:
body mass index; adolescent girls; TYPE NEW KEYWORD HERE
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Relationship Between Age at Menarche and Body Mass Index in Adolescent Girls in Taiwanen_GB
dc.contributor.authorChang, Mei-Yuehen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsMei-Yueh Chang, PhD, MSc, RN, mychang@mail.mhchcm.edu.twen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304018-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, Thursday, July 25, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>To explore the relationship between age at menarche and body mass index (BMI) in adolescent girls in Taiwan. <p><b>Methods: </b>A cross-sectional retrospective study was conducted. A structured questionnaire was used to obtain information on their age at menarche and other relevant data. Their weights and heights were measured for the calculation of current BMI. Categories by the Taiwan Department of Health (DOH)of body mass index (BMI) were < 18.5 (under weight), 18.5 - 24 (normal), 24 - 27 (overweight), and > 27(obese). <p><b>Results: </b>Night hundred and sixty one adolescent girls were included in this study. Mean age for all the girls was 18.20 (from16- 21 years old). Mean age at menarche was 12.38 years (from7-18 years old). Mean weight and height were 52.43 kg and 159.31 cm, respectively. There were a significant positive relationship between age at menarche and body height (r= .72, p< .026), negative relationship between age at menarche and body weight (r= -122, p< .001), and age at menarche and BMI (r= -.165, p< .001). After divided the study group by BMI according to those categories used by the Taiwan DOH. There was a significant difference in age at menarche among these four BMI groups (F = 8.18, p < 0.001). The age at menarche in the overweight group was lower than under weight (p< .001) and normal groups (p= .02). <p><b>Conclusion: </b>These results suggest that BMI and increase in BMI before menarche cause early menarche. It is necessary to pay attention of height and weight of adolescents and management of diet and exercise behaviors that help maintain healthy weight may prevent and control disorders such as obesity before the menarche period.en_GB
dc.subjectbody mass indexen_GB
dc.subjectadolescent girlsen_GB
dc.subjectTYPE NEW KEYWORD HEREen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:27:41Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:27:41Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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