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Table 1 Anthropometric and nutritional characteristics of Bangladeshi, British-Bangladeshi and white British girls, stratified by age

From: A migrant study of pubertal timing and tempo in British-Bangladeshi girls at varying risk for breast cancer

Variables Bangladeshi British-Bangladeshi White British P -value
  Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD)  
Number     
 All ages 168 174 54  
 <9.5 yr 92 80 26  
 ≥9.5 yr 76 94 28  
Height, cm     
 <9.5 yr 116.4 (9.8) 124.8 (9.9) 126.5 (7.9) <0.0001
 ≥9.5 yr 144.0 (11.3) 147.9 (9.8) 144.9 (11.8) 0.07
Weight, kg     
 <9.5 yr 37.8 (10.6) 45.9 (12.3) 44.9 (13.8) <0.01
 ≥9.5 yr 20.5 (5.8) 28.0 (8.3) 29.6 (6.4) <0.0001
Body mass index, kg/m2     
 <9.5 yr 15.0 (3.0) 17.6 (3.1) 18.3 (2.5) <0.0001
 ≥9.5 yr 17.9 (3.1) 20.5 (3.6) 20.9 (4.1) <0.01
Waist circumference, cm     
 <9.5 yr 48.9 (6.4) 58.7 (7.4) 61.0 (5.4) <0.0001
 ≥9.5 yr 58.3 (6.9) 67.8 (9.3) 68.1 (9.1) <0.01
Body mass index z-score     
 <9.5 yr −0.87 (1.4) 0.53 (1.3) 0.95 (1.1) <0.0001
 ≥9.5 yr −0.41 (1.1) 0.69 (1.1) 0.99 (1.1) <0.01
Nutritional statusa     
 <9.5 yr     
   Underweight 47% 8% 4%  
   Normal weight 46% 62% 39%  
   Overweight 4% 21% 48%  
   Obese 3% 10% 9%  
 ≥9.5 yr     
   Underweight 24% 6% 0%  
   Normal weight 67% 60% 60%  
   Overweight 7% 27% 19%  
  1. Girls were separated into groups determined by the median age (9.5 years) of the sample. aNutritional status was derived from body mass index z-scores and related to UK clinical references. Pair-wise comparisons showed that Bangladeshis were significantly different from each group living in the UK, but no other groups were significantly different from each other.