Anthropometric Indicators

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Anthopometry is the measurement of the human body, typically used to assess nutritional well-being and outcomes such as stunting and wasting.


Anthropometric measurements include: weight (including birth weight), height/length, knee height (a proxy for height), mid-upper arm circumference, head circumference, waist circumference, and calf circumference. These can be used to calculate indices to identify low birth weight, stunting, wasting, BMI, head circumference for age, and acute malnutrition.

FANTA, Food And Nutrition Technical Assistance project of USAID, developed a detailed guide to anthropometric data[1], including an overview of types of anthropometric data; details and classifications for children from 0-5, youth from 5-19, pregnant and postpartum women and girls, and adults 18 years and older; measurement protocols and equipment guidance.

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This article is part of the topic Primary Data Collection

Additional Resources

FANTA Guide to Anthropometry