Resting metabolic rate in a sample of girls in Malaysia and England

C. Jeya K Henry, Joan D. Webster-Gandy, Bee Koon Poh, Mohd N. Ismail

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This cross-sectional study of age matched (10-11 years), premenarcheal girls in England and Malaysia investigated the effect of ethnicity on resting metabolic rate (RMR). The children were recruited from schools in Oxford, England, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and all measurements were conducted in the schools. The Malaysian girls were shorter (143.7 ± 6.5 cm and 140.1 ± 5.3 cm (mean ± SD) for the English and Malaysian girls respectively) and lighter (32.5 ± 5.3 kg compared with 38.0 ± 8.7 kg for the English girls) with a smaller fat mass and fat free mass (FFM) than the English girls. Energy expenditure was lower in the Malaysian girls (4555 ± 531 kJ/day compared with 5178 ± 688 kJ/day for the English girls). Although a difference in RMR was observed between the two groups, when corrected for body composition the difference was no longer significant. No effect of ethnicity on the relationship of FFM and RMR was shown when the data were analyzed using analysis of covariance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)818-820
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Human Biology
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005

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Basal Metabolism
resting metabolic rate
Malaysia
England
fat
ethnicity
covariance analysis
sampling
Fats
nationalities and ethnic groups
expenditure
lipids
energy
rate
Body Composition
cross-sectional study
cross-sectional studies
energy expenditure
school
Energy Metabolism

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Anthropology

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Resting metabolic rate in a sample of girls in Malaysia and England. / Henry, C. Jeya K; Webster-Gandy, Joan D.; Poh, Bee Koon; Ismail, Mohd N.

In: American Journal of Human Biology, Vol. 17, No. 6, 11.2005, p. 818-820.

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Henry, C. Jeya K ; Webster-Gandy, Joan D. ; Poh, Bee Koon ; Ismail, Mohd N. / Resting metabolic rate in a sample of girls in Malaysia and England. In: American Journal of Human Biology. 2005 ; Vol. 17, No. 6. pp. 818-820.
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