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close this bookPhysical Status: The Use and Interpretation of Anthropometry - Report of a WHO Expert Committee (WHO; 1995; 460 pages)
View the documentWHO Expert Committee on Physical Status: The Use and Interpretation of Anthropometry
View the documentAbbreviations
open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
open this folder and view contents2. Technical framework
open this folder and view contents3. Pregnant and lactating women
open this folder and view contents4. The newborn infant
open this folder and view contents5. Infants and children
open this folder and view contents6. Adolescents
open this folder and view contents7. Overweight adults
open this folder and view contents8. Thin adults
open this folder and view contents9. Adults 60 years of age and older
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View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentAnnex 1 - Glossary of terms and abbreviations
View the documentAnnex 2 - Recommended measurement protocols and derivation of indices
View the documentAnnex 3 - Recommended reference data
View the documentSelected WHO publications of related interest
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Physical Status: The Use and Interpretation of Anthropometry - Report of a WHO Expert Committee

WHO Technical Report Series

This report contains the collective views of an international group or experts and does not necessarily represent the decisions the stated policy of the World Health Organization

WHO Technical Report Series
Geneva 1995

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations with primary responsibility for international health matters and public health. Through this organization, which was created in 1948, the health professions of some 190 countries exchange their knowledge and experience with the aim of making possible the attainment by all citizens of the world by the year 2000 of a level of health that will permit them to lead a socially and economically productive life.

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WHO Library Cataloguing in Publication Data

WHO Expert Committee on Physical Status: the Use and Interpretation of Anthropometry Physical status: the use and interpretation of anthropometry: report of a WHO expert committee.

(WHO technical report series; 854)

1. Anthropometry 2. Health status indicators 3. Nutrition assessment I. Title II. Series

ISBN 92 4 120854 6

(NLM Classification: GN 54)

ISSN 0512-3054


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