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Anthropometric Data and Reference Values


The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is the division that focuses on health and medicine. The Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. Reports include Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs).

National Center for Health Statistics. Growth Charts (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

World Health Organization Child Growth Standards. WHO Website providing links to growth charts and documentation on their development and use.

Selected Resources

Clinical Growth Charts (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Charts for infants, birth to 36 months; children and adolescents, 2 to 20 years.

Fryar CD, Gu Q, Ogden CL. Anthropometric reference data for children and adults: United States, 2007–2010. Vital and Health Statistics. Series 11. 2012 Oct; (252):1-48.

Hall JG, et al. Handbook of physical measurements. 2nd ed. Oxford (UK): Oxford University Press; 2007.

Dietary Reference Intakes Review. (The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine). Tables of the dietary reference intakes for elements, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients. These nutrient reference values serve as a guide for good nutrition and provide the scientific basis for the development of food guidelines in both the United States and Canada.

International Commission of Radiological Protection, Task Group on Reference Man. Report of the Task Group on Reference Man: a report. Oxford (UK): Pergamon Press;1975. 480 p. Classic work.

Kratz A, et al. Appendix: Laboratory values of clinical importance. In: Longo DL, et al., eds. Harrison’s principles of internal medicine. 18th ed. New York: McGraw Hill; c2012. p.3585-3610. Reference values also found in many other textbooks. Harrison’s selected because it is available in most medical libraries and some public libraries.

Soldin SJ, et al., eds. Pediatric reference intervals. 7th ed. Washington (DC): American Association for Clinical Chemistry; 2011.

WHO Child Growth Standards (World Health Organization). Growth reference for ages 5-19.

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