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Longitudinal Changes in Body Build and Skinfolds in a Group of Old Men Over a 16 Year Period

Jana Pařízková and E. Eiselt
Human Biology
Vol. 52, No. 4 (December 1980), pp. 803-809
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41464586
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

A longitudinal study in a group of old surviving men from an original group of 170 men was performed. After approximately 16 years only 42 men could be contacted. Of them, 22 with a mean age 81.50, SD ± 3.89 years (range 73-90) responded and participated in our investigations. Total and sitting height, circumference of the arm, forarm and thigh decreased significantly. Biiliocristal and bispinal breadths, circumference of chest and abdomen increased significantly. Total body weight tended to decrease, but in the mean this difference was not significant. The sum of ten skinfolds decreased significantly. The biacromial diameter tended to decrease, but the change was not significant.

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