• Dr. Amlan Sarkar Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Physical Education, Udaynarayanpur Madhabilata Mahavidyalaya (University of Calcutta), Udaynarayanpur (Jangalpara), Howrah-711226, West Bengal, India.
  • Dr. Nasim Ahmed Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Physical Education, Raja Narendra Lal Khan Women’s College (Autonomous), Gope Palace, Vidyasagar University Rd, Paschim Medinipur-721102, West Bengal, India.


Age, Children, Height, Weight, Peak Height Velocity, Peak Weight Velocity


The present study was conducted among the boys and girls of Birbhum District, West Bengal, India in order to evaluate the pattern of growth in height and weight of these middle-class Bengali children. The data comprises 600 children (300 boys and 300 girls) ranging in age from 6-17 years, measured cross-sectionally. The present study reveals that the girls attain peak Height and weight Velocity earlier than boys. The results revealed that the age at Peak Height Velocity (PHV) and Peak Weight Velocity (PWV) for Bengali boys 13-14 years and for Bengali girls for 11-12 years.


Download data is not yet available.


Al-Emran S, Al-Kawari HM, Abdellatif HM. 2007.Age at maximum

growth spurt in body height for Saudi school Children age 9-18 years.

Saudi Med J 28(11):1718-722.2. Bootbby WM, Sandeford I. 1929.

Normal values of basal or standard metabolism, modification of the Du-

Bois standards. Am J Physiol 90: 290-91.

Cameron N, Tanner JM, Whitehouse RH. 1982. A longitudinal analysis

of the growth of limb segments in adolescence. Ann Hum Biol 9: 211-20.

Canon AV, Bailey DA. 1974. Strength development in boys from 10

through 16 years. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child

Development 39: 1-37.5. Chae HW, Suh ll, Kwon AR, Kim YJ, Kim

YH, Kang DR, Kim HY, Oh SM, Kim HC, Kim DH, Kim HS.

Longitudinal Standards for Height and Height Velocity in Korean

children and Adolescents :the Kangwha Cohort Study. J Korean Med Sci


Chatterjee S, Mandal A. 1994. Physical growth pattern for girls (9-18yr)

from rural West Bengal. Indian J Med Res 99. 184-191.7.

Dakshayani R, Ramanamurthy PSV, Srikantia SG 1962. Body

composition and basal metabolism of normal Indian women. Indian J

Med Res 50: 800-03.

Chavalittamrong, B, Vathakanon, R. Walsripong, R, Rungrith, W. 2007.

Height, Weight, Height Velocity and Weight Velocity in school-age

Bangkok children_ London: Oxford University Press.

Dabas A,Khadgawat R,Ghalot M,Surana V,Mehan N,Ramot R,Pareek

A,Sreenivas V,Marwaha KR.Height. 2018.Velocity in Apparently Healthy

North Indian School Children. Indian Journal of Endocrinology and

Metabolism 22(2);256-260.

De AK, Debnath P, Nagchaudhuri I. 1979. Physical Efficiency Tests in

Indian Urban Adolescent Boys and Girls. Brit J Sports Med 13: 66-69.

De AK, Nagchaudhuri J. 1975. Studies on the basal metabolic rate (BMR)

— pregnant and lactating women in Varanasi. Indian J Med Res 63: 613-

Dugdale AE, Chen ST, Hewitt G. 1970. Patterns of growth and nutrition

in childhood. Am J Clin Nutr 23: 1280-87.

Eveleth, PB, Tanner, JM. 1990. Worldwide variation in human growth.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gasser T, Muller HG, Kohler W, Prader A, Largo R, Molinari L. 1985.

An analysis of the mid-growth and adolescent spurts of height based on

acceleration. Ann of Hum Biol 12: 129-48.

Gopalan C. 1989. Growth standards for Indian children. http:// a.htm

Hauspie RC, Das SR., Preece MA, Tanner TH. 1980. A longitudinal study

of the growth in height of boys and girls of West Bengal (India) aged six

months to 20 years Ann Hum Biol 7: 429-41.

Kaul KK, Taskar AD, Madhavan S. Mukerji B, Parekh P, Sawhney K

Goel R.K, Lamba IMS. 1976. Growth in height and weight of urban

Madhya Pradesh adolescents. Indian Pediatrics 13: 31--39.18.

Khadilkar V, Yadav S, Agrawal KK, Tamboli S, Banerjee M, Cherian A,

Goyal JP, Khadilkar A, Kumaravel V, Mohan V, Narayanappa D, Ray l,

Yewale V. 2015.Revised IAP Growth Charts for Height,Weight and Body

Mass Index for 5 to 18 year old Indian Children. Indian Pediatrics 52:47-

19. Largo RH, Gasser TH, Prader A, Stuetzl W, Huber PJ.

Analysis of the adolescent growth spurt using smoothing spline

functions. Ann Hum Biol 5: 421-34.

Lee TS, Chao T, Tang RB, Hsieh CC, Chen SJ, Ho LT. 2004. A longitudinal

study of growth patterns in school children in Taipei area I: growth curve

and height velocity curve. J Chin Med Assoc 67: 67-72.

Lefevre J, Beunen G, Steens G, Claessens A, Renson R. 1990. Motor

performance during adolescence and age thirty as related to age at peak

height velocity. Ann Hum Biol 17: 423-35.

Lindgren G. 1978. Growth of school children with early, average and

late ages of peak height velocity. Ann Hum Biol 5: 253-67.

Malin RM, Bouchard C. 1991. Growth, maturation, and physical activity

(Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics).24. Mansur Dl, Shrestha A,

Sharma K, Mehta DK, Shakya R, Timalsina B. 2015.A Study on Pattern

of Growth in Height Among Children of Dhulikhel Municipality. J Nepal

Paediatr Soc 35(3):209-217.

Melina RM, Bouchard C, Or-OB. 2004. Growth, maturation and physical

activity, (2nd edn). Human Kinetics: Champaign, IL.26. P r a b h j o t

NK, Marwaha G, Sidhu S. 2005.Growth Pattern of Affluent School

Children of Amritsar. Anthropologist 7:261-64.

Roche AF. 1974. Differential timing of maximum length increments

among bones within individuals. Human Biology. 46: 145-57.

Satake T, Kikuta F, Ozaki T. 1989. Variation in sequences of age at peak

height velocity and age at peak weight velocity. Journal of the

Anthropological Society of Nippon 97: 189-99 (in Japanese).

Satake T, Kikuta F, Ozaki T. 1993. Ages at peak velocity and peak

velocities for seven body dimensions in Japanese children. Ann Hum

Biol 20: 67-70.

Satake T, Ozaki T, Kikuta F. 1988. Sequence of ages at peak velocity in

seven physical characteristics, 5th International Congress of Auxology;

Singh R. 2005.Time trends in height and weight of college boys and girls

in Delhi and relationship between menarcheal age and body size in college

girls and adult women. Ind J Phys Anthrop Hum Genet 24(2); 243-252.32.

Tanaka T, Suwa S, Yokoya S, Hibi l. 1988. Analysis of linear growth

during puberty. Acta Paediatr Scand 347:25-29.

Verma DK. 2012. Pattern of growth in height and weight among Gadaba

boys and girls of Bastar District,Chhattisgarh(India). International Journal

of Sociology and Anthropology 4(4);147-154.