Walker, Susan P.; Grantham McGregor, Sally M.; Himes, John H.; Williams, Sonia
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Tropical Metabolism Research Unit
Anthropometry in adolescent girls in Kingston, Jamaica
Annals of Human Biology
Date of Publication
Seeks information on the nutritional status of black adolescents in Jamaica. Measured height, weight, and triceps and subscapular skinfolds in 452 13-14 year-old girls, randomly selected from those attending nine schools in Kingston, Jamaica. The girls' heights and body mass indices were appropriate for their age. This suggests that undernutrition was not a significant problem in this population. However, the girls' skinfolds were smaller than the US references, both those for the total population and those for blacks only. The fat pattern (triceps/subscapular ratio) was similar to that reported for adult black women in the United States. It is possible that the levels of fat in the references are not appropriate for this population. Data from other black population are needed for comparison.....