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Revista argentina de antropología biológica

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LOMAGLIO, Delia et al. Perfil antropométrico en adultos del Noroeste Argentino. Rev Arg Antrop Biol [online]. 2015, vol.17, n.1, pp.7-18. ISSN 1514-7991.

From a bioanthropological point of view anthropometric measurements in adults are extensively used in the morphological evaluation of extinct Argentine populations. Most anthropometric studies in contemporary Argentine adults are limited to the assessment of height, weight and BMI. The aim of this study was to describe other anthropometric variables in northwestern Argentine (NWA) adults and to compare them with an international reference. Data on weight, height, circumferences (arm, thigh, leg, waist), and skinfolds (triceps, subscapular) come from 881 (526 women, 355 men) 20-60 year-old healthy individuals from different localities of Jujuy and Catamarca. Descriptive statistics (mean and SD) were calculated by sex and two age groups: 20-39 and 40-60 years. Comparisons were made with adults of Mexican origin from the United States (Centers for Disease Control, CDC 2003-2006) using the t-test. Percentiles were calculated using the LMS method. In both sexes and age groups NWA adults presented significantly lower values than those of the reference group in all the variables considered, except for triceps and subscapular skinfolds in males of 40-60 years old. There are no comparable anthropometric records for Argentine and NWA populations. The anthropometric profile of NWA adults differs significantly from that of the ethnically related reference population.

Keywords : adults; Argentine Northwest; circumferences; skinfold thickness; anthropometry.

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