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November 19, 1938

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JAMA. 1938;111(21):1940. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790470052016

BUILD OF WOMEN AND MORTALITY  In a preliminary report read before the Association of Life Insurance Medical Directors of America, Dublin and Marks1 discussed the results of their investigations on the relation of height and weight of women to the death rate. Their descriptive tables are based on 329,627 policies and their mortality tables on 308,228 policies—material extensive enough for statistical conclusions in most classes even though derived from the experience of a single company. When all heights were combined, the most favorable mortality in ages under 30 was found among those slightly (from 5 to 14 per cent) and moderately (from 15 to 24 per cent) overweight; but the ratios for these groups were not significantly different from those of average weight. From these low levels the mortality increased to its highest point in the 25 to 35 per cent overweight, followed closely by those from 15 to