Comments about this study of the body mass index of children and centile charts
I’ve included this article in my collection, because it shows charts of body mass index of children, comparing Scottish and French populations.
The French data is older (1956-1979) whereas the Scottish data is newer ( 1989-1991), so the charts really show that recent populations are fatter than older populations.
On the charts, think of the dotted line as the 1960s, and the solid line as the year 1990. You can see that BMI of children rose a little higher during those 30 years. And that’s about all I have to say. Sadly, the study didn’t show enough of the centile lines to be useful for anything else. I guess someone was an academic and had Scottish data from children that they wanted to “do something” with, so they found a way to compare it to France and publish it.
Since this is such a lame review, I decided to add a good link, to the CDC webpage on BMI for children. It shows percentile lines on charts very nicely. And because it’s short, I marked this page noindex.