Aging and secular change in adult stature in rural Colombia

John H. Himes, William H. Mueller

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Age‐associated changes in adult stature of a cross‐sectional sample of 634 adults from rural Colombia were estimated by multiple regression of stature and age controlling for subischial length, and from equations predicting maximum attained stature from subischial length. From these analyses the estimated rate of loss in stature due to aging per se for men was 0.12 cm/yr, while for women it was 0.03 cm/yr. When corrected for aging, several secular trends in adult stature were evident, although none were statistically significant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-279
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1977


  • Adult stature
  • Aging
  • Colombia
  • Secular trend


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