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Participants: All schoolchildren residing in Bogalusa, La, were eligible. A total of 24 070 examinations were performed. Results: During the study period, the mean height of schoolchildren increased by 0.70 cm per decade independently of race, sex, and age. Trends were most pronounced among preadolescents, blacks, and boys, with 9-to 12-year-old black boys showing a height increase of 1.8 cm per decade. We observed a decrease in the number of relatively short children (Ͻ10th percentile ofdoi:10.1001/archpedi.154.2.155 pmid:10665602 fatcat:22hjc6pvpjfepewseyqabhnfpe