Average heights and weights of Filipinos

Matawaran, A.J.; Gervasio, C.C.

Philippine Journal of Nutrition 24(2): 74-92

1971


ISSN/ISBN: 0031-7640
Accession: 014355432

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Abstract
Data were from nutrition surveys of 9 regions of the Philippines by the Food and Nutrition Research Centre. The 10th region, Central Luzon, was not covered but genetics and environment were about the same there as in other regions of Luzon. There were 7859 males and 7541 females, excluding sick persons and pregnant or lactating women. Results are shown as graphs and tables. Growth resembled the Iowa standards (Meredith, Percentiles for stature and bodyweight at selected ages from birth to 18 years. Iowa Child Welfare Research Station, University of Iowa) until 3 months of age then fell below those standards. Boys were heavier than girls until age 10 years, when girls grew faster until 14 years; boys grew faster from 13 to 16 years. Increase in height lasted to about 18 years in girls, 19 in boys and there was about 12 cm difference between sexes at 20 years. Young adults were taller than old, owing partly to changes in skeleton and posture and to improved living standards. On average for those aged 20 to 29 years, men were 163 cm tall and weighed 53 kg and women were 152 cm and 46 kg. Tables give mean and SD for height and bodyweight of each sex at each year of age from 1 to 65. Graphs give height and bodyweight for each sex at 1 to 11 years compared with the Iowa standard, at age 1 to 65 years old, compared with Thai, Japanese, Canadian and Iowa findings, at age 1 to 18 years.

Average heights and weights of Filipinos