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Longitudinal Studies of Human Growth and Health: A Review of Recent Historical Research

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  • Kris Inwood

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    (Department of Economics,University of Guelph)

  • Evan Roberts

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    (Department of History, University of Minnesota.)

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This paper reviews recent literature using stature and weight as measures of human welfare with a particular interest in cliometric or historical research. We begin with an overview of anthropometric evidence of living standards and the new but fast-growing field of anthropometric history. This literature is always implicitly and often explicitly longitudinal in nature. We then discuss (i) systematic empirical research into the relationship between conditions in early life and later life health and mortality and (ii) historical evidence on the relationship between body mass, morbidity and mortality. We conclude with a discussion of the importance of historical sources and understandings to health economics and population health.

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Paper provided by University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 1013.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:gue:guelph:2010-13.

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Keywords: Anthropometric history; Biological standard of living; Height; Obesity; Physical stature; Well-being;

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  1. Gunasekara, Fiona Imlach & Carter, Kristie & Blakely, Tony, 2012. "Comparing self-rated health and self-assessed change in health in a longitudinal survey: Which is more valid?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 74(7), pages 1117-1124.

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