Association of parent’s body height towards adolescents body height

Sugiatmi, Diah M. Utari, Abas Basuni Jahari, Kusharisupeni

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Background: Adolescent is a period of growth and development as well as transition time from childhood into adult, which need an optimal nutrition intake. Malnutrition during adolescents will give a negative impact on nutrition status of their children in the future. Female adolescents had got impacted more severe compared to male adolescents, because it caused an intergeneration effect. Underweight female or short female tended to give birth a low birth weight infant, and this negative cycle will continue occurred for the next generation. Objective of this study was to analyze association of parents’ body weight to their adolescent height Method: Using data from Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS). Sample inclusion criteria of this study included children aged two to five years old during the IFLS 1, as a biological child, single birth, still alive, living with parents, still alive in IFLS 4, while the exclusion criteria were had incomplete cohort data from 1993 to 2007. This study analyzed 428 individuals out of 847 sample population. Bivariate analysis of Chi-square test had been done followed by multiple logistic regression for independent variables with p value < 0.25. Result: Multivariate analyses showed that adolescents who had stunted mother had 2.4 times risk of develop stunted. Conclusions: Adolescent’s height correlate to mother’s heigt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2006-2011
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


  • Adolescents height
  • Mother’s height
  • Stunted


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