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.
The estimated population of 58.8 million South Africans live in a country that is regarded as nationally food secure, but the divide in terms of access to resources and high unemployment continues to render a significant proportion of citizens food insecure and at nutritional risk. In addition, urbanisation is contributing to ...