TITLE

INFLUENCE OF AGE ON SOMATIC VARIABLES HEIGHT, WEIGHT AND CHEST CIRCUMFERENCE

AUTHOR(S)
Kažoka, Dzintra; Vētra, Jānis
PUB. DATE
October 2006
SOURCE
Papers on Anthropology;2006, Vol. 15, p93
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The body composition changes occur differently in women in the various phases of aging, influencing anthropometry. Aging is the progressive accumulation of changes with time, and it is an important factor in classifying height, weight, chest circumference and the body mass index (BMI). There are some data on age-related changes in three important body measurements (body height, body weight and chest circumference) of 873 women aged 18-65 and 66+ years in Latvia. Anthropometric data were studied from 2001 to 2005. Altogether 900 women participated in the anthropometric study. We examined age difference changes in three body measurements between age groups (18-20, 21-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, 66+). Anthropometric measurements were assessed using standardized techniques. The BMI was also calculated. The mean values were compared and differences between the age groups were analysed. Significant age differences exist in body height, body weight, chest circumference and the BMI. Comparisons of age groups showed that the body height decreased with age. There was an increase in body weight, chest circumference and the BMI with age. The changes were greater at higher ages. The data can be used in clinical practice and the epidemiological studies based on the interpretation of anthropometric measurements in the women aged 18-65 and 66+ years in Latvia.
ACCESSION #
23270556

 

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