Annals of tropical paediatrics. vol:6 issue:1 pages:79-92
Anthropometric data of 12,769 clinically normal children 0-6 years of age from 12 different geographical areas in Africa and Asia are presented. Height, weight, arm circumference and triceps skinfold thickness were measured and presented for age. Derived variables, as muscle circumference, muscle area and muscle proportion-for-age were computed. Weight, arm circumference and muscle area-for-height were calculated. Comparison of these 12 cross-sectional growth patterns shows important differences between groups. The observed differences show that height-for-age, weight-for-age, arm circumference-for-age and weight-for-height are not sufficient to describe adequately and to interpret the variations in nutritional status.