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Secular trend in height in Al Ain-United Arab Emirates


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  • Baynouna, Latifa Mohammad
  • Revel, Anthony D.
  • Nagelkerke, Nico J.D.
  • Jaber, Tariq M.
  • Omar, Aziza O.
  • Ahmed, Nader M.
  • Naziruldeen, Mohammad K.
  • Al Sayed, Mamdouh F.
  • Nour, Fuad A.
  • Abdouni, Sameh
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    Correlation between cycles in human stature and those in economic variables is well established. A recent review of international trends in this area provided information from most parts of the world but none on Arabs in the Middle East or more specifically the gulf region. The United Arab Emirates experienced a transformation in economic and social life followed the discovery of oil in the late 1960s and the wealth that it generated. No data is available on human growth at this period of time because its population never had health services prior to the 1970s. A study on conventional cardiovascular risk factors in 2004-2005 included 817 randomly selected national adults (>=18 years) from both genders. The relationship between height and age in this study showed both men and women have increased in height with time demonstrating the secular change in height most likely a result of changing socioeconomic factors.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics & Human Biology.

    Volume (Year): 7 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 (December)
    Pages: 405-406

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:7:y:2009:i:3:p:405-406

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    Keywords: Socioeconomic Height United Arab Emirates;


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    1. Steckel, Richard H., 2009. "Heights and human welfare: Recent developments and new directions," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 46(1), pages 1-23, January.
    2. Ulrich Woitek, 1998. "Height Cycles in the 18th and 19th Centuries," Working Papers 9811, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow.
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    1. Perkins, Jessica M. & Khan, Kashif T. & Smith, George Davey & Subramanian, S.V., 2011. "Patterns and trends of adult height in India in 2005-2006," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 9(2), pages 184-193, March.


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