Height, Health and History: Nutritional Status in the United Kingdom, 1750-1980
Cambridge University Press, Oct 25, 1990 - History - 354 pages
In historical accounts of the circumstances of ordinary people's lives, nutrition has been the great unknown. Nearly impossible to measure or assess directly, it has nonetheless been held responsible for the declining mortality rates of the nineteenth century as well as being a major factor in the gap in living standards, morbidity and mortality between rich and poor. The measurement of height is a means of the direct assessment of nutritional status. This important and innovative study uses a wealth of military and philanthropic data to establish the changing heights of Britons during the period of industrialization, and thus establishes an important dimension to the long-standing controversy about living standards during the Industrial Revolution. Sophisticated quantitative analysis enables the authors to present some striking conclusions about the actual physical status of the British people during a period of profound social and economic upheaval, and Height, Health and History will provide an invigorating statistical edge to many debates about the history of the human body itself.
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Height nutritional status and the historical record
Inference from military height data
Inference from samples of military records
Longterm trends in nutritional status
Regional and occupational differentials in British heights
Height nutritional status and the environment
Nutritional status and physical growth in Britain 17501980
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adolescence adult heights anthropometric anthropometric history Army Medical Department Army recruits average height birth cohorts born boys Britain British calculated cent centile changes chapter childhood countries Date of birth death decline Description Books Diarrhea diet differentials disease distribution early effects eighteenth century England and Wales English urban estimates Eveleth evidence example factors figure final height geographical groups growth height data improvement inches increase infant infection Ireland Irish labour market levels London male Marine Society maximum likelihood mean height measure military recruits mortality nineteenth century number of recruits nutritional status observations occupations overall OZ'l OZ'O particular pattern period population possible quantile rates real wages records regression relationship relative Royal Marines rural sample Sandhurst Scotland shows social class Source statistical stunting substantial suggests Table taller Tanner tion trend truncation undernutrition V'N V'N V'N VN VN VN Williamson workers working-class