Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Loughborough University Institutional Repository

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15999

Title: In urban South Africa, 16 year old adolescents experience greater health equality than children
Authors: Griffiths, Paula L.
Johnson, William O.
Cameron, Noel
Pettifor, John M.
Norris, Shane A.
Keywords: Health inequalities
Body composition
South Africa
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: GRIFFITHS, P.L. ... et al, 2013. In urban South Africa, 16 year old adolescents experience greater health equality than children. Economics & Human Biology, 11 (4), pp.502-514.
Abstract: Despite the strongly established link between socio-economic status (SES) and health across most stages of the life-course, the evidence for a socio-economic gradient in adolescent health outcomes is less consistent. This paper examines associations between household, school, and neighbourhood SES measures with body composition outcomes in 16 year old South African Black urban adolescents from the 1990 born Birth to Twenty (Bt20) cohort. Multiple regression analyses were applied to data from a sub-sample of the Bt20 cohort (n=346, 53% male) with measures taken at birth and 16 years of age to establish socio-economic, biological and demographic predictors of fat mass, lean mass, and body mass index (BMI). Results were compared with earlier published evidence of health inequality at ages 9-10 years in Bt20. Consistent predictors of higher fat mass and BMI in fully adjusted models were being female, born post term, having a mother with post secondary school education, and having an obese mother. Most measures of SES were only weakly associated with body composition, with an inconsistent direction of association. This is in contrast to earlier findings with Bt20 9-10 year olds where SES inequalities in body composition were observed. Findings suggest targeting obesity interventions at females in households where a mother has a high BMI.
Description: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Economics and Human Biology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2013.05.004
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2013.05.004
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15999
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2013.05.004
ISSN: 1570-677X
Appears in Collections:Socio-economic status and child/adolescent health in Johannesburg-Soweto Study

Files associated with this item:

File Description SizeFormat
Griffiths et al equalisation of health inequalities EHB_final_revise and resubmit 3 without track changes.pdfAccepted version114.55 kBAdobe PDFView/Open


SFX Query

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.