Fatness, Puberty, and Fertility The Effects of Nutrition and Physical Training on Menarche and Ovulation

  • Rose E. Frisch


It is a common sense observation that girls and boys first must “grow up” before becoming capable of reproduction. But on what scale is the “growing-up” best measured: age, height, weight, skeletal age, or some other measure of the body? And how is the synchronization of the “grownupness” and reproductive ability brought about (Kennedy and Mitra, 1963)? In this chapter, the relationship of measures of maturation and reproductive ability in the adolescent female will be explored.


Menstrual Cycle Anorexia Nervosa Total Body Water Critical Weight Lean Body Weight 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rose E. Frisch
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Center for Population Studies and Department of Population StudiesHarvard University, School of Public HealthCambridgeUSA

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