Research Reports

Hands-on Anthropometry: A South African Handbook for Large-Scale Nutrition Studies

Published 9 December 2021, by Friede Wenhold, Sanja Nel, Louise van den Berg

Publication: Hands-on Anthropometry: A South African Handbook for Large-Scale Nutrition Studies

Anthropometry, the science of measuring and evaluating human body size and proportions, is the backbone of most nutrition surveys and a core component of nutrition assessment.
The purpose of this manual is to:
• outline equipment requirements,
• detail the training of fieldworkers and
• provide guidelines for quality assurance procedures
for basic anthropometric measurements of able-bodied persons in multi-site research studies. The emphasis is on the South African setting, especially for tertiary education and research institutions, when numerous fieldworkers must be trained to take anthropometric measurements for a research study.

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