About the growth study

Updated knowledge of growth and weight development is important for all health-related work with children and adolescents, due to follow up of the child, but also to monitor trends in the child population.

Children’s growth and development depends on heredity and environment. Norwegian children have gradually grown taller over the last hundred years, which reflects amongst other things, better well-being, improved nutrition and fewer infections. In the last 20-30 years weight in older children and adults has also increased.


Growth curves:

The Bergen growth study is a research project that was started in 2003 and which, amongst other things, aims to identify and describe the growth and weight development of Norwegian children. Data has been collected from more than 8000 children aged 0-19 years who where measured at the Health clinics, kindergartens and schools in Bergen. You can read more about the research project here. In the winter of 2007-2008 new growth curves was made for Norwegian children aged 0-19 years based on data from the growth study in Bergen and the Medical Birth Registry. Norwegian school children are taller today than the previous growth references show. Weight for height has also increased. You can read more about the curves and download them here.