Thursday 27th of April 2017

Growth Charts for Chinese Children (Updated)

The growth charts below were created from data published in the China Pediatrics Journal (July 2009, Volume 47 No. 7).  The data originally came from two studies that were conducted in 2005.  The first was the National Growth Survey of Children under the age of 7, which was conducted in nine cities of China.  The second was The Physical Fitness and Health Surveillance of Chinese School Students.  According to the Journal, "The new growth charts of height and weight were based on a national survey data and therefore are recommended as the China national growth standards for use in pediatric clinics and public health service."  Keep in mind that there are many factors that effect the growth of a child.  Things like environment and diet have, most likely, changed since the adoption of your child.  For this reason, your pediatrician may choose to not use these charts when evaluating your child's growth.  Growth charts are only one tool your pediatrician uses to determine the health of your child.  If you would like to read more on this subject, you can check out this research article entitled: Construction of a New Growth References for China Based on Urban Chinese Children: Comparison with the WHO Growth Standards








Zhonghua Er Ke Za Zhi. 2009 Jul;47(7):487-92.
[Height and weight standardized growth charts for Chinese children and adolescents aged 0 to 18 years]

[Article in Chinese]


Li H, Ji CY, Zong XN, Zhang YQ.


Department of Growth and Development, Capital Institute of Pediatrics, Beijing 100020, China. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



*height/length data from children 3 years and under were measured by having the child lay supine

**A special thank you to Michael Weber, Ph.D., for bring the article to my attention, and to Lee, at translation4parents.blogspot.com, for translating parts of the article.

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