Modelling of the individual longitudinal development of body weight and other health related growth variables of the human being

  • Duquet, William (Administrative Promotor)
  • Borms, Jan (Co-Promotor)

Project Details


In human biometry, mathematical models describing growth in body height, exist. For variables, such as subcutaneous fat tissue, muscular perimeters and body weight, the actual models are inadequate. In a fisrt phase of the proposed 2-year project, a literature retrieval of 3 months on possible mathematical models will be carried out. In the subsequent 6 months, the necessary software will be developed by a specialised developer, followed by a 3-months testing and adaptation period. In the first 6 months of the 2nd year, the program will be used to model the variables mentioned above and which have been previously collected in our longitudinal project LEGS. The last 6 months will be used for reporting. The hypothesis of the project is that the individual evolution of these health related variables, in spite of the inter-individual differences and in spite of the irregular course in some individuals, can be captured in a mathematical model.
Effective start/end date1/01/9831/12/99


  • curve fitting
  • Growth models
  • non linear modelling

Flemish discipline codes in use since 2023

  • Health sciences
  • Information and computing sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology


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