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Design Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology$
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Barrie M. Margetts and Michael Nelson

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780192627391

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192627391.001.0001

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10. Anthropometric measures

10. Anthropometric measures

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(p.289) 10. Anthropometric measures
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Design Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology
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Stanley J. Ulijaszek

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192627391.003.0010

Anthropometric measures play a dual role in nutritional epidemiology, as measures of exposure and measures of outcome. General problems associated with anthropometric measurement are discussed, including the training of field workers and use of equipment. Anthropometric indices are defined. The treatment of data prior to analysis is described. Appropriate measurements and indices for the assessment of under- and over-nutrition in children and adults are considered. The relative merits of the use of reference data from different sources are reviewed.

Keywords:   anthropometry, measurement error, anthropometric indices, training, anthropometric reference data

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