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Handbook of Anthropometry

Physical Measures of Human Form in Health and Disease

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  • Each chapter includes applications to other areas of health and disease; practical methods and techniques, summary points, and/or key features

  • Everything you need to know about normal and abnormal anthropometry in health and disease

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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.

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Table of contents (188 chapters)

  1. Tools and Techniques in Anthropometry: General Methods

  2. Tools and techniques in anthropometry: General methods

  3. Tools and Techniques in Anthropometry: Water, Hydration and Surface Area

  4. Tools and techniques in anthropometry: Water, hydration and surface area

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dept. Nutrition & Dietetics, King's College, London, United Kingdom

    Victor R. Preedy

About the editor

Professor Victor R. Preedy BSc DSc FIBiol FRCPath FRSH FRIPH FRSPH

Victor R Preedy is currently Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, King's College London and Honorary Professor of Clinical Biochemistry in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, King's College Hospital. He is also Director of the Genomics Centre, Kings College London.  He is presently a member of the School of Medicine, King’s College London. Professor Preedy gained his Ph.D. in 1981 and in 1992 he received his Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists, based on his published works.  He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2000. In 1993 he gained a D.Sc. degree for his outstanding contribution to protein metabolism.  Professor Preedy was elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (2004) and The Royal Institute of Public Health (2004). In 2009 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).   Professor Preedy has written or edited over 550 articles, which includes over 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts based on original research and 85 reviews and 30 books.  His interests pertain to matters concerning nutrition and health at the individual and societal levels.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Anthropometry

  • Book Subtitle: Physical Measures of Human Form in Health and Disease

  • Editors: Victor R. Preedy

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4419-1787-4Published: 02 February 2012

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4939-3985-5Published: 23 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4419-1788-1Published: 02 February 2012

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: L, 3107

  • Topics: Health Informatics, Maternal and Child Health, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Clinical Nutrition

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