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Anthropometry as an Index of Nutritional Status

  • Charles Yarbrough
  • Jean-Pierre Habicht
  • Reynaldo Martorell
  • Robert E. Klein
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 49)

Abstract

Our present concern is to address the problem of the use of anthropometry as an index of nutritional status. Inferences drawn from such usage must be based upon knowledge of the accuracy and validity with which anthropometric indices measure nutritional status. To illustrate this problem, we will refer to one particular anthropometric index of nutritional status, weight, the most widely used index, and only to preschool children. We are concerned particularly with those aged between two and three years who are at most risk of protein-calorie malnutrition in the villages where we work,1,2 because they have just been weaned.

Keywords

Nutritional Status Preschool Child Anthropometric Variable Anthropometric Index Repeated Variation Measurement 
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    Habicht, J-P., Lechtig, A., Yarbrough, C. and Klein, R.E.: The timing of the effect of supplementation feeding on the growth of rural preschool children. Paper presented at the IX Congreso Internacional de Nutrición, México, D.F., September, 1972.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Yarbrough
    • 1
  • Jean-Pierre Habicht
    • 1
  • Reynaldo Martorell
    • 1
  • Robert E. Klein
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Human DevelopmentInstitute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP)Guatemala CityGuatemala, Central America

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