The purpose of the study reported here was to investigate the relationship between rates of growth in normal persons, as manifested by a physical trait such as stature, and a basic measure of physiologic rate, the basal metabolism. I know of no study to date which has investigated this relationship directly. A number of studies of physical growth and of basal metabolism, however, have suggested the possibility of such a relationship and have led to the formulation of the present problem.
In a series of investigations based on an extensive collection of consecutive measurements of the same persons over a period of years, Boas showed that the increased variability in stature characteristic of children from the age of 11 through 16 was a statistical phenomenon due to the occurrence at different ages in different persons of the puberal acceleration of growth in stature.1 By classifying persons according to the age
LEWIS CA. RELATION BETWEEN BASAL METABOLISM AND ADOLESCENT GROWTH. Am J Dis Child. 1936;51(5):1014–1038. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.01970170010002