Our study originates from a clinical practice where one is confronted with children of all ages referred for a variety of growth problems as too short, odd size, strange shape, too tall. As a lot of reference values are not, or only to a certain extent, available for Dutch children, up-to-date reference values were needed for children growing up in the northern parts of the Netherlands. The following questions arose: l. What are appropriate characteristics for body size and body shape? 2. How do body size and shape change as a function of age? 3. How should the possible atypicality of an individual in respect to shape be established? ... Zie: Summary
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