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Ability of young women to recall past body size and age at menarche.
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PMID:  11500528     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The ability of young women (n = 132, average age 17 years) to recall body size and age at menarche was examined. The use of body silhouettes to assist women in recalling their body size at menarche and to represent their current body size was also evaluated. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Subjects, who previously participated in a cohort study, were asked to recall height and weight at the time of menarche, to select body silhouettes that best reflected their body shape at the time of menarche and their current body shape, and to recall age at menarche. Two sets of body silhouettes were developed, one representative of an adult body shape and another representative of an adolescent body shape. RESULTS: Pearson correlation coefficients between the adult and adolescent body figures and actual body mass index (BMI; kg/m(2)) at the time of menarche were not significantly different (r = 0.82 for adult figures vs. r = 0.72 for adolescent figures, p > 0.05). The correlation between actual BMI at the time of menarche and body silhouette (r = 0.77, all subjects) was similar to the correlation between actual and recalled BMI at the time of menarche (r = 0.83) as well as the correlation between current BMI and current body silhouette (r = 0.75). Recalled and actual ages at menarche were highly correlated (r = 0.83). DISCUSSION: The recall of body shape was considered to be a less precise measure of body size than asking about height and weight, but use of body silhouettes may offer advantages in certain situations.
C Koprowski; R J Coates; L Bernstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obesity research     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1071-7323     ISO Abbreviation:  Obes. Res.     Publication Date:  2001 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-08-13     Completed Date:  2001-10-11     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9305691     Medline TA:  Obes Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  478-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Body Constitution*
Body Height
Body Mass Index
Body Weight
Cohort Studies
Mental Recall*
Self Disclosure
Grant Support

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