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Title: Rapid change in height and body proportions of Maya American children
Authors: Bogin, Barry
Smith, P.
Orden, A.B.
Varela Silva, Maria Ines
Loucky, J.
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: © Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Citation: BOGIN, B. ... et al, 2002. Rapid change in height and body proportions of Maya American children. American Journal of Human Biology, 14 (6), pp.753-761
Abstract: Maya families from Guatemala migrated to the United States in record numbers from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. Births to Maya immigrant women have created a sizable number of Maya American children. The height and sitting height of 5 to 12 years children (n = 431) were measured in 1999 and 2000. Leg length was estimated and the sitting height ratio was calculated. These data were compared with a sample of Maya children living in Guatemala measured in 1998 (n = 1,347). Maya American children are currently 11.54 cm taller and 6.83 cm longer-legged, on average, than Maya children living in Guatemala. Consequently, the Maya Americans have a significantly lower average sitting height ratio (i.e., relatively longer legs in proportion to length of the head and trunk) than do the Maya in Guatemala. These results add support to the hypothesis that both the height and body proportions of human populations are sensitive indicators of the quality of the environment for growth. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Description: This article is closed access, it was published in the serial American Journal of Human Biology [© Wiley-Liss, Inc.]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.10092
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.10092
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14447
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.10092
ISSN: 1042-0533
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