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Overview

The health of a population is most accurately reflected in the rate of growth of its children. This theme, prevalent in this book, underlies the analysis and presentation of what is by far the largest compilation of growth data ever assembled in one source. The first edition, published in 1976, included all known reliable recent results on height, weight, skinfolds, and other body measurements from all parts of the globe. In this edition, numerous subsequent measurements taken between 1976 and 1988 have been included, as well as the results of a large number of new studies made on rate of maturation as evinced by bone age and pubertal development stages. Many sections of the book dwell on disentangling the effects of the environment and heredity on growth, and attempt to answer the question of whether one universal standard suffices for all peoples of the world or whether different populations (such as races or nations) should each have their own optimal growth standards.

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"...should be regarded, therefore, as a companion to the first edition rather than a revision. Together, the two volumes represent the largest series of growth data ever assembled....should serve as an excellent resource for the reader who is interested in comparative studies of growth. In addition to the text and numerous easy-to-read figures, there is an appendix of 82 tables, which present both the means and the standard deviations of various anthropometric measures and indices, and an exhaustive list of references to other growth studies." Linda S. Adair, American Scientist

"...far more than a compilation of data, tables and an extensive bibliography. The implications of this data have carefully been considered and discussed, including the influence of stature, obesity and fat-patterning on chronic disease in adults. It is fascinating reading, practical and applicable to the developing and developed worlds. It should serve as an essential text and guide to those working in the fields of maternal and child health, infant and pre-school nutrition, and the health of the adolescent. It is of particular interest for those who plan to conduct different kinds of growth studies and surveys, as well as those who are interested in the public health implication of measuring growth and maturation in population groups." Ella Haddad, Journal of Nutrition Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521350242
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction to comparative growth studies: methods and standards; 2. Europeans in Europe; 3. European descendants in Australasia, Africa and the Americas; 4. Africans in Africa and of African ancestry; 5. Asiatics in Asia and the Americas 6. Indo-Mediterraneans in the Near East, North Africa and India; 7. Australian Aborigines and Pacific Island peoples; 8. Rate of maturation: population differences in skeletal, dental and pubertal development; 9. Genetic influence on growth: family and race comparisons; 10. Environmental influence ongrowth; 11. Child growth and chronic disease in adults; References; Appendix; Index.

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