24961 - Anthropometrics of Mexican schoolchildren Paul R...

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Unformatted text preview: Anthropometrics of Mexican schoolchildren Paul R Earl Facultad de Ciencias Biolgicas Universidad Autnoma de Nuevo Len San Nicols, NL 66450, Mexico 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 Len, Progreso, Yucatn 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. 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. 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, Yucatn, the center, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas. Indigenous Indians suffer longstanding unemployment, soil erosion and failure to develop industrial skills. Impoverished, high-fertility uneducated Mayan farmers permeate much of Central America. The obvious inequality is in the income America....
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