Handbook of Anthropometry

Physical Measures of Human Form in Health and Disease

  • Victor R. Preedy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-l
  2. Tools and Techniques in Anthropometry: General Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carine A. Bellera, Bethany J. Foster, James A. Hanley
      Pages 3-27
    3. Youfa Wang, Hsin-Jen Chen
      Pages 29-48
    4. Alexander Stahn, Elmarie Terblanche, Hanns-Christian Gunga
      Pages 49-90
    5. Antonino Nucara, Matilde Pietrafesa, Gianfranco Rizzo, Gianluca Scaccianoce
      Pages 91-114
    6. Savvas P. Tokmakidis, Antonios D. Christodoulos, Helen T. Douda
      Pages 167-183
    7. Themistoklis Tzotzas, Georgios Karanikas, Gerasimos E. Krassas
      Pages 185-203
    8. Constantin A. Landes, Michael Trolle, Robert Sader
      Pages 219-235
    9. Frank M. Biro, Lorah D. Dorn
      Pages 237-251
  3. Tools and Techniques in Anthropometry: Water, Hydration and Surface Area

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Luigi Vernaglione, Carlo Lomonte, Carlo Basile
      Pages 273-286

About this book


Although its underlying concept is a relatively simple one—the measurement of the human body and its parts—anthropometry employs a myriad of methods and instruments, and is useful for a variety of purposes, from understanding the impact of disease on individuals to tracking changes in populations over time. The first interdisciplinary reference on the subject, the Handbook of Anthropometry brings this wide-ranging field together: basic theory and highly specialized topics in normal and abnormal anthropometry in terms of health, disease prevention, and intervention. Over 140 self-contained chapters cover up-to-date indices, the latest studies on computerized methods, shape-capturing systems, and bioelectrical impedance, data concerning single tissues and whole-body variables, and reports from different areas of the world. Chapters feature helpful charts and illustrations, cross-references to related chapters are included, and key points are presented in bullet form for ease of comprehension. Together, the Handbook’s thirteen sections entail all major aspects of anthropometrical practice and research, including:


·         Tools and techniques.

·         Developmental stages, from fetus to elder.

·         Genetic diseases, metabolic diseases, and cancer.

·         Exercise and nutrition.

·         Ethnic, cultural, and geographic populations.

·         Special conditions and circumstances.


The Handbook of Anthropometry is an invaluable addition to the reference libraries of a broad spectrum of health professionals, among them health scientists, physicians, physiologists, nutritionists, dieticians, nurses, public health researchers, epidemiologists, exercise physiologists, and physical therapists. It is also useful to college-level students and faculty in the health disciplines, as well as to policymakers and ergonomists.


Anthropometry Body composition analysis Body image Bone mass Computerized anthropometry Human form Measurement of human form Methods in anthropometry Shape-capturing systems Skeletal measurements Techniques of anthropometry WHO growth standards body shape body size bone mineral density ergonomics measuring growth organ size

Editors and affiliations

  • Victor R. Preedy
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Nutrition & DieteticsKing's CollegeLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1788-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-1787-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-1788-1
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