Some Statistical Considerations on the Use of Anthropometry to Assess Nutritional Status

  • Harvey Goldstein
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 49)


Although nutritional differences between individuals or populations may lead to anthropometric differences, the existence of anthropometric differences between individuals or populations does not necessarily imply the existence of nutritional differences. One cannot, for example, in a nutritional supplementation program, use anthropometric status in a simple minded way as a criterion of nutritional success. Rather, the question that must be asked is how well, if at all, we can use anthropometry to predict nutritional status. What is required is some function, or functions, of anthropometric and other relevant measurements that predict either specific or general nutritional states.


Statistical Consideration Population Standard Privileged Group Nutritional Difference National Child Development Study 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harvey Goldstein
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  1. 1.National Children’s BureauLondonEngland

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