Anthropometry: Types, Uses and Applications


Sébastien Legrand (Editor)

Series: Human Anatomy and Physiology

BISAC: MED075000

In Anthropometry: Types, Uses and Applications, the science of anthropometry, which deals with measurements of human size, shape and proportion, is examined in the context of obesity and overweight, common problems in developed countries and developing countries alike. An estimated 39% of the world’s adult population were overweight and 13% were obese over the past 3 decades, and these problems can cause diseases like type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and several cancers. While body mass index (BMI) is commonly used as a health risk phenotype, it has several limitations because BMI does not accurately depict different components of body composition and is therefore unable to predict the prognostic effect of individual tissues. Other anthropometric measurements, such as waist circumference (WC), waist to hip ratio (WHR), and waist to height ratio (WHtR) each have their advantages and disadvantages. As such, in Chapter 1, different novel anthropometric parameters and cardiovascular risk factors among obesity adults are compared and evaluated.

Chapter 2 describes a study of children aged 0-12 years conducted in the Middle Senegal River Valley (MISOES) in 1957-1958. This study was based on representative samples of children in urban and rural areas and included measurements of weight, height, arm circumference, and more. These measurements were compared with American standards and showed an overwhelming anthropometric deficit compared with standards. This study is examined in the context of other studies conducted in the region as well as in connection with economic development in the valley. Chapter 3 describes the various methods of assessing body fat and their application for obese individuals to predict the risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), and Chapter 4 reviews the effect of different modalities of physical exercise on anthropometric measurements and body composition in different populations of older adults.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Association between Novel Anthropometric Parameters and Cardiovascular Risk Factors among Obese Adults
(Wattana Leowattana – Department of Clinical Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Chapter 2. Anthropometry of Children Age 0-12 Years, in the Senegal River Valley in 1957: Situation and Perspectives
(Michel Garenne and Pierre Cantrelle – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), UMI Résiliences, Bondy, France, et al.)

Chapter 3. Obesity and Anthropometry
(Archana Khanna, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Sharda University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India)

Chapter 4. The Effect of Different Types of Exercise on Anthropometric Measures and Body Composition in Older Adults
(Pablo Monteagudo – Department of Education and Specific Didactics, Jaume I University, Castellon, Spain)



“In this recent book, the editors have collected a diverse range of complimentary information applicable to a wide population related to competitive sport, health and physical fitness, all written by experts in their area. This book will be of interest to those working in these fields as well as others, both experienced and at the start of their careers, wanting to get a taste of the latest findings and points of interest in their area of study.” – Daniel Daly, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium

“I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the study of human movement. It is the product of several well-known scholars with an extensive history of studying human performance across a variety of subdisciplines. The importance of anthropometrics in the analysis of human movement cannot be overstated, and this book provides a relevant and thorough review of several aspects of the field that will be of interest to both the novice and the expert. The topics range in scope from basic theory to highly applied research across such diverse concepts like aging, amputation, podiatry and dentistry. Each chapter is concise, well-written and accessible with several high-quality figures and tables. The combination of historical and recent data, together with perspectives on future trends, make the book an excellent resource for the movement scientist.” – Jeff A. Nessler, PhD, Professor of Kinesiology, California State University, San Marcos, USA

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