Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH   2010 , Volume 39 , Number 4; Page(s) 78 To 86.
 
Paper:  AN ANALYSIS OF ANTHROPOMETRIC DATA ON IRANIAN PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN
 
Author(s):  HAFEZI R., MIRMOHAMMADI S.J., MEHRPARVAR A.H.*, AKBARI H., AKBARI H-
 
* DEPT. OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE, SHAHID SADOUGHI UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, YAZD, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background: Anthropometric data can be used to identify the physical dimensions of equipment, furniture, etc. The use of furniture that fails to fulfill the anthropometric data of its users has a negative impact on human health. Specific anthropometric dimensions are necessary to design school furniture. Anthropometric data have been measured in many communities especially among schoolchildren. There are different ethnic groups with probably different anthropometric data in Iran, and anthropometric data can change by time, so gathering data about anthropometric dimensions is important. This study was designed to obtain anthropometric dimensions of Iranian children (Fars ethnicity) aged 7-11 years.
Methods: In a cross-sectional study in Yazd, Iran, descriptive statistics as well as key percentiles for 17 static anthropometric data of primary school students (1015 males and 1015 females), were measured and compared between boys and girls.
Results: The age of the students was between 6 and 11 years. Mean weight was between 21.56
±5.33 kg and 36.63±9.45 kg in boys and between 20.79±3.48 kg and 35.88±9.40 kg in girls. Mean height was between 1187/02±53.98 mm and 1420.83± 69.39 mm in boys and between 1173.90±51.01mm and 1421.27±70.82 mm in girls. There was also some difference in other anthropometric data between two genders.
Conclusion: Results of this study showed some differences in anthropometric data with other studies. We also observed significant gender differences in some dimensions as well.

 
Keyword(s): ANTHROPOMETRY, SCHOOL FURNITURE, ETHNICITY, IRAN
 
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