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Clin Nutr. 1985 May;4(2):77-80.

Precision of anthropometric measurements: the value of mid-arm circumference.

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Departments of Gastroenterology, Dietetics and Medical Statistics, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, UK.


A study was carried out to examine how reproducible anthropometric measurements were within and between two observers on a group of 24 normal subjects and 20 obese individuals. A further study was performed on 28 malnourished patients with Crohn's disease undergoing a controlled trial of nutritional therapy to assess how weight change correlated with other anthropometric parameters. The measurement that was most reproducible and correlated most with weight change was mid-arm circumference. As it is the simplest measurement to perform, we would recommend that it is used more often in nutritional studies.

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