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Re: st: Is there a new zanthro command for the new 2006 WHO growthreference standards?


From   Elizabeth Rainwater <erainwat@sfbrgenetics.org>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Is there a new zanthro command for the new 2006 WHO growthreference standards?
Date   Tue, 06 Nov 2007 16:23:09 -0600

Oops. Looks like the program for the under 5 standards is still using 2005 data. The program and data for the 5-19 standards is labeled "WHO Reference 2007" though, so maybe there's hope for an update...

Elizabeth Rainwater wrote:

Hi.
The WHO has put together their own Stata, SAS, SPSS, and S-Plus programs, which they call macros, for z-scoring data to the new child growth standards. It's all available on their software page (http://www.who.int/childgrowth/software/en/). I have used both the under 5 child growth standards and the 5-19 year old height and bmi standards programs. I found them a bit clunky to use, but fairly well documented. You fill in your directory paths and variable names in their provided .do file. Then when you run the .do file, it sets all the variables needed for its .ado command and outputs the zscores in a .dta file and an excel file. It's not nearly as easy to use as the -zanthro- egen function, but it beats doing it by hand.
HTH,
Elizabeth


cbredenkamp@worldbank.org wrote:

The zanthro command uses to the NCHS reference standard to create age- and
sex-standardized z-scores for weight, height and BMI.
Last year, the World Health Organization accepted a new set of growth standards
for children under six.

Do you know if anyone has developed a modification of the zanthro command that
uses these new growth standards?

Many thanks.
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