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Journal of PHYSIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY and Applied Human Science
Vol. 21 (2002) No. 1 P 1-9

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http://doi.org/10.2114/jpa.21.1

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Credible concepts of malnutrition depend critically on evidence that functional impairment differentiates variation in size from unacceptable abnormality. This paper reviews functional studies on capacity for work, mortality, reproductive outcomes, competitive success, and cultural preferences. Future research priorities should include the comparative significance of simple physical dimensions in distinct ethnic groups for long-term biological and socio-economic outcomes, and the relationships between the biological and cultural significance of variation in physique.

Copyright © 2002 Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology

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