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Height as a measure of the nutritional status and health of a population

Författare och institution:
Stefan Öberg (Institutionen för ekonomi och samhälle, Ekonomisk historia)
Publicerad i:
Food, Population and Health – global Patterns and Challenges. Proceedings of an Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Dynamics from Prehistory to Present, s. 79-91
ISBN:
978-87-7304-399-8
Publikationstyp:
Kapitel, refereegranskat
Förlag:
Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab
Förlagsort:
Köpenhamn
Publiceringsår:
2016
Språk:
engelska
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The average height has increased dramatically in many populations over the last two hundred years as a result of improved nutrition and living environments. It is difficult to disentangle the exact underlying causes of the increase since the number of factors that are known to influence growth and height is so large and the analyzable variation is low. We can still learn much about living conditions, nutrition and disease exposure in the past by studying the historical developments of heights, especially if we use individual level data. This is important also for understanding the long-term increase in longevity. The trends in height and in longevity most likely share some underlying causes but they were also affected by unique, unshared factors. Mortality and height are not interchangeable measures of human health or living conditions. We should therefore not be expecting to always find the same results when we analyze the two different outcomes.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ->
Ekonomi och näringsliv ->
Ekonomisk historia
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ->
Sociologi ->
Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi) ->
Demografi
Postens nummer:
240759
Posten skapad:
2016-08-25 14:33

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