ARE PEOPLE STILLGETTING BIGGER--WHO, WHERE, AND HOW MUCH?

The human body has been increasing in size in many world-wide populations over at least the past century. This "secular increase" involves the body as a whole, applies to both men and women, and seems to affect the short-staturaed more than the tall. Summary estimates for this increase in stature have averaged around 1.0 cm per decade. The secular increase in size is likely coming to an end. As more people live under more favored environmental conditions which will enable them to achieve maximum growth, the rate of increase will decline. Future changes, at least in technologically developed regions, can be projected at a continually decreasing rate from the former high of about one centimeter per decade. /SAE/

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  • Pagination: 5 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00190027
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 780280
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM