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Anthropometrics of Mexican schoolchildren Paul R Earl Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León San Nicolás, NL 66450, Mexico
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Background Somatometrics or anthropometrics are body  measurements, Height (H), Weight (W) and Body  Mass Indexes (BMI) of student populations 6-16  years in Sabinas, Nuevo Le ó n, Progreso, Yucat á and for contrast Poznan, Poland are presented.  Respective average Hs at 16 years were 170, 159  and 176 cm for boys and 159, 149 and 165 cm for  girls. H for classic Mayan Indians is 161, 148 cm. 
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H is a measure of wellbeing. A growth lag for  Progreso boys is found from 8-10 years, while the  Progreso girls grow normaly from 7-13 years.  Growth stops right after menarche. Female growth  has a lawlike relations. Progreso girls of 6-16 years  are shorter and relatively heavier than European and  North American girls. Growth is steady in Progreso  girls, while the boys are retarded.  Shortness as usual can be due to malnutrition in the  early years leading to stunting. Progreso boys and  girls have high BMIs like 22, because of short legs  likely relating to malnutrition.
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Mexico can be divided into 1/ North,                    2/  South, 3/ Center and 4/ Ciudad de Mexico. Essentially,  most Mexicans are mestizos meaning that most have  mixed Spanish and Indian blood. Poverty is found  most in the Veracruzan coast, Yucat á n, the center,  Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas.  Indigenous Indians suffer longstanding  unemployment, soil erosion and failure to develop  industrial skills. Impoverished, high-fertility 
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