Comparative study of anthropometric values between brazilian and portuguese school children

Alberto Saturno Madureira, Francisco Sobral


The aim of this study was to carry out a comparison of anthropometric values (weight, height and percentage of fat) from Brazilian school children with those from Portuguese school children of similar socioeconomic status. 1,010 children of both sexes were enrolled on this study. Measurements were made of weight, height and skinfold (triceps and subescapular). The equation proposed by Slaughter et al. (1988) was applied. The minimum level of signifi cance was set at p < 0.05. It was found that there were no major differences in weight or percentage of fat. However, there were considerable differences in height, at times in favor of Brazilian children, and at times in favor of the Portuguese children. Furthermore, when carrying out the same comparison between sexes, statistically signifi cant
differences were observed in percentage of fat, in favor of the female sex.


Antropometria; Crianças; Composição corpora;l<p>Anthropometric; Children; Boby composition


The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev. Bras. Cineantropom. Desempenho Hum, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references. E-ISSN 1980-0037, impressa ISSN 1415-8426, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.