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DRICOT D'ANS, Christiane  and  DRICOT, Jean M.. Anthropometric methodology of nutritional diagnosis: an example from the Brazilian North-East. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1982, vol.16, n.1, pp.42-53. ISSN 1518-8787.

The research carried out consisted of the comparison of several methods of analysis of anthropometric data used as indicators of nutritional health with a view to testing their validity and sensitivity as tools for nutritional surveillance or intervention. The sample population studied, in a town in the hinterland of Paraíba State, consisted of 110 children of both sexes, aged from 3 to 71 months. Several combinations of weight/height and weight and height by age were used, based on different reference standards. The employment of the standard deviation was found to be more adequate than simple percentages, since these last tend to exaggerate the number of cases of malnutrition. Weight and height were shown to be the minimum indicators of nutritional health, but these should be supplemented by arm-circumference and skinfold measurements which are useful and simple to take.

Keywords : Nutrition surveys [Northeast, Brazil]; Antropometry.

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