Health and Human Development - Measuring physical growth
Measuring physical growth
Growth is said to be quantitative because we can measure the
characteristics of growth with some degree of reliability.
We use centile charts for height, weight and head circumference.
Proportions are expressed as a percentage of total body length/weight,
Healthy Weight Range charts and Body Mass Index. These allow us to speak of
norms or a set of standards for physical growth through the lifespan.
In this unit aspects of physical growth are studied from the perspective
of rate and timing throughout the lifespan and how this impacts on
Physical growth includes changes in:
* hard tissue (bone, cartilage and teeth)
* soft tissue (red blood cells, muscles and organs)
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