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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.31 No.2 April 2007. -

In the present study the menarcheal status pre-or postmenarcheal, body composition, weight status, and socioeconomic

parameters such as type of school and parental educational level as of 1752 female adolescents ageing between 12

and 18 years x=14.6 from rural areas of Eastern Austria were documented. Furthermore the association patterns between

body composition, socioeconomic parameters and menarcheal status were analyzed. It turned out, that body composition

parameters such as BMI, lean body mass and absolute and relative fat mass were significantly associated with

menarcheal status. Postmenarcheal girls were taller and exhibited a higher weight status, a higher absolute and relative

amount of fat mass and a higher amount of lean body mass than their premenarcheal counterparts of the same age. In

contrast to the significant association between body composition and menarcheal status, no significant impact of educational

level on menarcheal status, indicating socioeconomic status could be documented.

menarche; body composition; weight status; socioeconomic paramet



Author: Sylvia Kirchengast - Margit Bauer -

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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