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Patterns and correlates of adult height in Sri Lanka


  • Ranasinghe, Priyanga
  • Jayawardana, M.A. Naveen A.A.D.
  • Constantine, Godwin R.
  • Sheriff, M.H. Rezvi
  • Matthews, David R.
  • Katulanda, Prasad


The present study examines patterns and socioeconomic and demographic correlates of adult height among Sri Lankan adults. Data were available for height and socio-demographic factors from a nationally representative cross-sectional sample of 4477 subjects above 18 years. Recruitment was between 2005 and 2006. Mean age of all subjects was 46.1 ± 15.1 years. Mean height of males and females were 163.6 ± 6.9 cm and 151.4 ± 6.4 cm respectively. Mean height showed a significant negative correlation with age (pÂ

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  • Ranasinghe, Priyanga & Jayawardana, M.A. Naveen A.A.D. & Constantine, Godwin R. & Sheriff, M.H. Rezvi & Matthews, David R. & Katulanda, Prasad, 2011. "Patterns and correlates of adult height in Sri Lanka," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 9(1), pages 23-29, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:9:y:2011:i:1:p:23-29

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