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October 5, 1935

Current Comment

JAMA. 1935;105(14):1123. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760400039013

CHILDREN OF THE DEPRESSION POOR  That significant differences exist between the average body weights of children from different economic classes is well known.1 The weight of children from financially comfortable families exceeds that of children of the poor. The present depression has afforded an opportunity for studying in a large number of cases the effect of a transition from the former group to the latter, since many families that were financially comfortable prior to the depression have become poor since then. A statistical analysis2 of some 5,000 such families living in certain cities in the eastern half of the United States has yielded interesting information. Weight and height data were obtained on children of typical working-class families, either by direct interview or by transcription from school records. The families chosen fell into three groups: "control families" that had remained financially comfortable during the period from 1929 to 1933,

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