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Regional body fat distribution in relation to pubertal stage: a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry study of New Zealand girls and young women.
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PMID:  8839498     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A cross-sectional study of 140 healthy, non-obese women and growing girls aged 8-27 y was undertaken to examine changes in total-body and regional fat and fat-free lean tissue mass by Tanner stage of pubertal development with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Absolute fat mass and absolute fat-free lean tissue mass were higher at successive Tanner stages (1 through 5) but the proportional increase was greater for fat: total fat mass (kg) was about threefold higher in Tanner stage 5 than in stage 1 (P < 0.001), whereas lean tissue mass (kg) in Tanner stage 5 was about double that in stage 1 (P < 0.001). Furthermore, although the regional distribution of lean tissue mass in the trunk and legs remained fairly constant at different pubertal stages, the regional distribution of fat was altered significantly, becoming more central and less peripheral. Trunk fat (as a percentage of total body fat) was significantly higher at stage 5 than at stage 1 (P < 0.001). In the whole population, body mass index was positively correlated with trunk fat (r = 0.662, P < 0.0001) and negatively with leg fat (r = -0.457, P < 0.0001). We conclude that girls accumulate a higher proportion of their total adult fat mass than of their total adult lean tissue mass during puberty, and that regional fat patterns become more android and less gynoid with maturity.
A Goulding; R W Taylor; E Gold; N J Lewis-Barned
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  64     ISSN:  0002-9165     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Clin. Nutr.     Publication Date:  1996 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-11-07     Completed Date:  1996-11-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376027     Medline TA:  Am J Clin Nutr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  546-51     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Absorptiometry, Photon
Adipose Tissue*
Aging / physiology*
Body Composition*
Body Constitution
Cross-Sectional Studies
New Zealand
Puberty / physiology*

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