Anthropometric measures in women of reproductive age in Mashhad


avatar M Koolivand 1 , * , avatar T Khadivzade 1 , avatar S Paarsaay 1


how to cite: Koolivand M, Khadivzade T, Paarsaay S. Anthropometric measures in women of reproductive age in Mashhad. J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2002;6(3):e81017.


Introduction and Objectives: : This descriptive study was done to determine  the Anthropometric measures of women of reproductive age in Mashhad during the years 1376-1377.
 Materials and Methods: 2000 women aged 15-49 years, were recruited from housewives, employees, and students. Weight, height, circumference of mid upper arm, calf  and wrist, and triceps skin fold were measured.
Results: Mean ± SD values are : weight:58.2± 23.9 kg , height:156.5± 6.1 cm , body mass index:23.6± 4.4kg/m2 ,   ideal weight:103.5  ± 15.9%, mid upper arm circumference:26.6 ± 9.3 cm, calf  circumference:33.7± 3.42 cm, triceps skin fold 16 ± 6.4mm. Highest mean height and lowest mean weight were seen  in 15-19 and 20-24 years groups, respectively. Highest    mean weight  and lowest mean height  were seen  in 40-45 years group.
 Discussion and Conclusions: Low  anthropometric measures are indicative of poor nutrition among the 2 extremes of reproductive age groups. We suggest that national reference values for anthropometric measures be determined.


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