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Poverty and UndernutritionTheory, Measurement, and Policy$
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Peter Svedberg

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198292686.001.0001

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Anthropometric Indicators: Measurement and Selection Biases?

Anthropometric Indicators: Measurement and Selection Biases?

(p.173) 12 Anthropometric Indicators: Measurement and Selection Biases?
Poverty and Undernutrition

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In this chapter, the main technical measurement problems encountered in assessing the anthropometric status of people are analysed. While anthropometric height and weight observations are simple and inexpensive to collect, and the measurements can be derived reasonably accurately (unbiased) even under field conditions, there are unresolved problems. One such problem is to establish the exact age of children; another is to obtain nationally representative samples. There is also the deplorable fact that practically no anthropometric assessments have been made of school‐age children, adolescents, male adults, and elderly people, inducing a selection bias. A further problem is that in most developing countries, only infrequent assessment of anthropometric status has been made, which makes monitoring of changes over time unreliable.

Keywords:   anthropometric status, child age, monitoring, representative samples, selection bias

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