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The Economic Future in Historical Perspective$
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Paul A. David and Mark Thomas

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263471

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263471.001.0001

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The Human Body in Britain: Past and Future

The Human Body in Britain: Past and Future

(p.400) (p.401) 13. The Human Body in Britain: Past and Future
The Economic Future in Historical Perspective

Roderick Floud

British Academy

This chapter explores evidence on the changing shape of the British human body, in particular its height and weight, in order to shed light on the past and possibly future standard of living of the British population. It focuses on anthropometric measures (based on height, weight, and body mass index) that are employed as indicators of material welfare of the population.

Keywords:   human body, height, weight, standard of living, anthropometric measures, body mass index

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