Selection of the Minimum Anthropometric Characteristics to Assess Nutritional Status

  • R. Buzina
  • K. Uemura
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 49)


The usefulness of anthropometric measurements in the assessment of nutritional status, and the relatively simple techniques involved, has led to their broad application in nutritional surveys. The information obtained from anthropometry is considered to be useful for two purposes:
  1. (a)

    assessment of the existing nutritional status by measuring total body mass and body composition, and

  2. (b)

    the follow-up for the community of trends of ecological factors, including nutrition, through periodic measurement of anthropometric characteristics of growth and development.



Nutritional Status Body Height Total Body Mass Calf Circumference Chest Circumference 
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  1. 1.
    Jelliffe, D.B.: The Assessment of the Nutritional Status of the Community. WHO Monogr., Ser. No. 53. Geneva, 1966.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Buzina
    • 1
  • K. Uemura
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Public HealthZagrebYugoslavia

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