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Severine

Normal user

6 Aug 2010, 17:05

Hi,
What measures are appropriate when it comes to body shape?
Is the sitting height to standing height ratio (SSR) the only one?
Are there any proxy measures?
Thanks,
Severine

Mark Myatt

Consultant Epideomiologist

Frequent user

6 Aug 2010, 18:24

SSR is the standard instrument for measuring body-shape. It is pretty crude anthropometry and I doubt you could work out a worthwhile proxy. I would stick with the standard SSR because we have standardised procedures for measuring it developed to reduce errors and it will allow comparison between populations.

It may be possible to develop new methods based on digital photography. I have not heard of anyone doing this but the technology to do this is available. If you would like to pursue this then let me know ... I think that digital photographs could be used to calculate body surface area which is VERY difficult to measure directly.

Severine

Normal user

6 Aug 2010, 20:22

I was wondering if I could work out a measure with the data I have...
I doubt I'll go for the digital photographs method but I'll come back to you if end up needing it.
Thanks.

Mark Myatt

Consultant Epideomiologist

Frequent user

6 Aug 2010, 22:11

Remind me ... what data do you have? Is it just the standard anthropometry of weight, height, MUAC, oedema, age, and sex? If that is the case then you have no way of getting a proxy for body shape. If, however, you have armspan or knee-height then you have something that might be a proxy for limb-length ... you might (e.g.) be able to build an index with something like (height - 2 * knee-height) / height or (height - demispan) / height. It would not be SSR but it might be good enough.

Digital photography might be a way of doing research surveys which include SSR in the future.

Severine

Normal user

7 Aug 2010, 09:49

It is only standard anthropometry and morbitity data...
Thanks anyway!

Severine

Normal user

7 Aug 2010, 09:49

It is only standard anthropometry and morbitity data...
Thanks anyway!

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