The Human Body in Britain: Past and Future

Roderick Floud

in The Economic Future in Historical Perspective

Published by British Academy

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780197263471
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734786 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

The Human Body in Britain: Past and Future

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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

Chapter.  5959 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic History

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