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June 27, 1931

Determination of the Interrelations, Partial and Multiple, Between Various Anthropometric Measurements of College Women.

JAMA. 1931;96(26):2230. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720520058032

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The chief purpose of this study is to discover which anthropometric combinations have diagnostic value for determining weight expectancy in college women. The measurements were taken on 815 students. The study shows that height is inadequate as a determinant for weight expectancy in girls of late adolescence and that individual weight expectancy may be determined through the use of five skeletal dimensions, the width of the hips, the height, the depth of the chest, biacromial width and chest width. The author suggests that further investigation may lead to the use of anthropometric dimensions in assessing fitness of the adolescent girl for games, sports and physical labor. The physician has long recognized that height in itself is inadequate for the determination of weight expectancy and has practically abandoned the use of height-weight-age tables in judging nutrition. The formula developed in this study is one that is easily applied, and it is

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