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Getting the measure of Australians : anthropometry can make all the difference
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Verna BlewettVerna Blewett, D Veitch, S Ward, C Fitzgerald
The arguments for the need for an Australian Body Sizing Survey are compelling. Who benefits and who loses? We hear that Australians are getting bigger; that there's an obesity epidemic. But where's the evidence? This is not only the province of public health; it is a focus for anthropometry - the science of the measurement of the size and shape of human populations. Exactly which parts of our population are increasing in size? Just what size and shape is the Australian population, and does it matter anyway?