The role of belief and perceptions ob body size: Proceedings of the 26th Aschauer Soiree, Held at Aschauhof, Altenhof, Germany, May 26th, 2018

Michael Hermanussen, Aman B. Pulungan, Christiane Scheffler, Rebekka Mumm, Alan Rogol, R. Pop, James Swanson, Edmund Sanuga-Barke, Anna Reimann, Anna Siniarska-Wolanska, Martin Musalek, Barry Bogin, Jesper Boldsen, Petrus Tassenaar, Detlef Groth, Yuk-Chien Liu, Cristof Meigen, Björn Quanjer, Kristina Thompson, Bacak Köcer ÖzerEwa Bryl, Paula Mamroth, Thomas Hanc, Slawomir Koziel, Jani Söderhall, Aleksandra Gomula, Sudip Datta Banik, Mathieu Roelants, Gudrun Veldre, Leslie Sue Lieberman, Lynnert Leidy Sievert



Thirty-one scientists met at Aschauhof, Germany to discuss the role of beliefs and self-perception on body size. In view of apparent growth stimulatory effects of dominance within the social group that is observed in social mammals, they discussed various aspects of competitive growth strategies and growth adjustments. Presentations included new data from Indonesia, a cohort-based prospective study from Merida, Yucatan, and evidence from recent meta-analyses and patterns of growth in the socially deprived. The effects of stress experienced during pregnancy and adverse childhood events were discussed, as well as obesity in school children, with emphasis on problems when using z-scores in extremely obese children. We presented aspects on body image in African-American women, and body perception and the disappointments of menopause in view of feelings of attractiveness in different populations. Secular trends in height were presented, including short views on so called ‘racial types’ vs bio-plasticity, and historic data on early-life nutritional status and later-life socioeconomic outcomes during the Dutch potato famine.
New tools for describing body proportions in patients with variable degrees of phocomelia were presented along with electronic growth charts. Bio-statisticians discussed the influence of randomness, community and network structures, and presented novel tools and methods for analyzing social network data.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)383-400
Aantal pagina's18
TijdschriftPediatric endocrinology reviews
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - 2019

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