Leg length and sitting height reference data and charts for children in the United States.
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<p>Population-specific reference data are required to interpret growth measurements in children. Sitting height and leg length (standing height minus sitting height) measurements are indicators of proportionality and can be used to evaluate children with disordered growth. NHANES III recorded sitting height and standing height measurements in a strategic random sample of the United States population from 1988 to 1994, and we have previously published reference charts for sitting height to standing height ratio in this population. In this study, we have developed separate sitting height and leg length reference charts for Non-Hispanic Black, Non-Hispanic White, and Mexican-American children in the United States. In addition, we provide mean (SD) and LMS data to support the use of these reference charts in clinical care.</p>