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Eur J Clin Nutr. 1996 Jun;50(6):398-400.

The relationship between arm-span measurement and height with special reference to gender and ethnicity.

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School of Biological and Molecular Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Headington, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The relationship between height and arm-span measurement in both sexes and different ethnic groups was studied in order to assess the use of the arm-span measurement as a suitable proxy indicator for height.

SETTING:

School of Biological and Molecular Sciences, Oxford Brookes University.

SUBJECTS:

Five hundred and fifty-three subjects (272 male and 281 female) aged 23.3 years (s.d. 5.5).

RESULTS:

Correlation coefficients (r = 0.73-0.89) indicated a clear association between arm-span measurements and height in all groups. However, arm-span was found to be significantly different (P < 0.01) from height in two ethnic groups, the Afro-Caribbean's of both sexes and Asian males. This suggests that arm-span measurements may be an inappropriate proxy for height in certain populations.

CONCLUSION:

The arm-span measurement and height relationship is significantly different in Afro-Caribbean and Asian males. This suggests that any future studies attempting to use arm-span measurement as a proxy for height must consider these ethnic differences.

PMID:
8793422
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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