Age at menarche and body fat in adolescent girls

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Aman Bhakti Pulungan
Resyana Putri Nugraheni
Najib Advani
Arwin AP Akib
Yoga Devaera
Hikari Ambara Sjakti
Attika Adrianti Andarie

Abstract

Background Menarcheal age is important in adolescent girls due to its associations with health outcomes at adulthood. Modifiable factors that may influence menarcheal age include body fat mass and fat distribution.


Objective: To investigate possible correlations between body fat mass and fat distribution with age at menarche in adolescent girls.


Methods This study was a cross-sectional study on 32 girls aged 10-15 years in Central Jakarta, who experienced menarche within the time period of July to September 2019. Data on menarcheal age was collected by recall. Body fat mass and distribution were calculated using anthropometric measurements and bioelectrical impedance analyzer (BIA) results.


Results  The mean age of study subjects was 12.06 (SD 0.82) years and the mean age at menarche was 11.91 (SD 0.83) years. Correlation tests revealed a moderate negative correlation between body mass index-for-age and menarcheal age (r= -0.45; P=0.01) and weak negative correlation between waist-height ratio and menarcheal age (r= -0.37; P=0.03).


Conclusion Menarcheal age is correlated with body mass index-for-age and waist-height ratio. However, no significant correlations between menarcheal age and body fat mass or distribution are found.

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Pulungan A, Nugraheni RP, Advani N, Akib A, Devaera Y, Sjakti H, Andarie A. Age at menarche and body fat in adolescent girls. PI [Internet]. 3Sep.2020 [cited 27Oct.2020];60(5):269-. Available from: https://paediatricaindonesiana.org/index.php/paediatrica-indonesiana/article/view/2466
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Pediatric Endocrinology
Received 2020-08-10
Accepted 2020-09-03
Published 2020-09-03

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