A definite relationship between body build and oxygen absorption in children appears in our study of the basal metabolic rate of 573 normal children.
In our series slender-built children normally have higher basal rates than broad-built children of the same age-sex group. High basal metabolic rates as measured by the conventional standards are the rule for the linear type group, whose1 width-length indexes of body build are well below average.
To test the effect of body build on basal metabolism, we have compared the width-length index with the basal metabolic rate for each of the age-sex groups from 4 to 15 years. The basal metabolic rate was calculated from the Benedict-Talbot standard whenever possible, and from the Harris-Benedict and Aub-duBois standards for boys above 38 Kg. and girls above 58 Kg. of body weight. For clinical interpretation of our data, we have corrected the rates as indicated by our
LUCAS WP, PRYOR HB. THE BODY BUILD FACTOR IN THE BASAL METABOLISM OF CHILDREN. Am J Dis Child. 1933;46(5_PART_I):941-948. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01960050003001