Half a Century of the Körmend Growth Study: BMI and Skinfold Values

DOI: 10.14673/IJA2016121022

Published in Int. Journal of Anthropology – Vol. 31 – n.1-2 – 2016

Key words: Körmend Growth Study, Body Mass Index, skinfold, Brückner-Egeson-Lockyer (BEL) cycle, chronobiology, Hungary.


The Körmend Growth Study (KGS) – launched in 1958 and repeated at regular 10-year intervals – has proven changes in children’s growth and maturity, a secular trend phenomenon. The KGS body mass index (BMI) and skinfold datasets since 1958 clearly show traceable characteristic changes. Results of the 2008 survey correlate with those of the 2nd Hungarian National Growth Survey (2003-2006) and with the reference values of the Hungarian BMI cut-off points. Skinfold values, however, suggest the possibility of a transtridecadal Brückner-Egeson-Lockyer cycle characterizing changes in the anthropometric measurements of children. These recently acquired chronobiological findings throw new light upon the long-term changes of subcutaneous fat layers.

Tóth, G.A.

University of West Hungary,
Savaria Campus,

Laboratories of Human Biology,
Szombathely, Hungary.
E-mail: tgabor@ttk.nyme.hu*

Buda, B.L.

Private Practice for Neurosomnology,
Szombathely, Hungary.

Suskovics, C.

University of West Hungary,
Savaria Campus,
Faculty of Physical Education,
Szombathely, Hungary.

Cornélissen, G.

Halberg Chronobiology Center,
University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, USA.


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