Interrelationships between Body Size, Body Composition and Function

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


Growth acceleration and increase in body size are among the most spectacular changes that have occurred in human physique. These secular changes are considered to be due to improved nutrition and substantial limitation of infections during early periods of life in developed countries. Most morphological characteristics are now achieving greater values. During the last two decades, data from different countries indicate a greater increase in recumbent length and height than in measures of weight or breadth.1,2 More detailed data on other morphological changes are lacking. For example, it is not known whether body components such as lean body mass and depot fat are increasing proportionally or whether other organs increase their size at the same rate as total body mass which applies for heart muscle.


Physical Activity Body Size Body Composition Obese Child Lean Body Mass 
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  • Jana Pařísková
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  1. 1.VÚ FTVSCharles UniversityPragueCzechoslovakia

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