Height, Health and History: Nutritional Status in the United Kingdom, 1750-1980

Height, Health and History: Nutritional Status in the United Kingdom, 1750-1980

by Roderick Floud, Kenneth Wachter, Annabel Gregory
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521303141

ISBN-13: 9780521303149

Pub. Date: 10/25/1990

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In historical accounts of the circumstances of ordinary people's lives, nutrition has been the great unknown. Nearly impossible to measure or assess directly, it has nonetheless been held responsible for the declining mortality rates of the nineteenth century as well as being a major factor in the gap in living standards, morbidity and mortality between rich and

Overview

In historical accounts of the circumstances of ordinary people's lives, nutrition has been the great unknown. Nearly impossible to measure or assess directly, it has nonetheless been held responsible for the declining mortality rates of the nineteenth century as well as being a major factor in the gap in living standards, morbidity and mortality between rich and poor. The measurement of height is a means of the direct assessment of nutritional status. This important and innovative study uses a wealth of military and philanthropic data to establish the changing heights of Britons during the period of industrialization, and thus establishes an important dimension to the long-standing controversy about living standards during the Industrial Revolution. Sophisticated quantitative analysis enables the authors to present some striking conclusions about the actual physical status of the British people during a period of profound social and economic upheaval, and Height, Health and History will provide an invigorating statistical edge to many debates about the history of the human body itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521303149
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/25/1990
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time Series, #9
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Preface; 1. Height, nutritional status and the historical record; 2. Inference from military height data; 3. Inference from samples of military records; 4. Long-term trends in nutritional status; 5. Regional and occupational differentials in British heights; 6. Height, nutritional status and the environment; 7. Nutritional status and physical growth in Britain, 1750–1980; 8. Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

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