This study has been made to aid in the formulation of standard measurements of Chinese during the growth period. The determination of racial variation in relation to dietetic factors may also throw light on the problem of physical growth in general.
A number of anthropometric studies of Chinese are to be found in the literature. Merrins,1 in 1910, gave measurements of weight, height and other physical traits of 219 boys and sixty-nine girls, students in central China. The ages ranged from 11 to 22 years.Whyte,2 in 1918, in a report of the research committee of the China Medical Missionary Association, collected measurements of height, weight and circumference of chest of 1,741 healthy Chinese. He plotted height-for-age curves for 1,683 boys and 438 girls, aged from 10 to 19 years.Cadbury,3 in 1922, reported measurements of height, weight and circumference of chest of 121 male students