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Grow fast, die young? The causes and consequences of adult height and prolonged growth in nineteenth century Maastricht

Kristina Thompson, Björn Quanjer and Mayra Murkens

Social Science & Medicine, 2020, vol. 266, issue C

Abstract: Both adult body height and the developmental growth trajectory have been found to be important predictors of later-life mortality. However, evidence for these relationships largely comes from contemporary populations, where most people live until old-age. It is an open question how height and growth impact later-life mortality in a population where death before old-age is more common. We therefore study the causes and mortality consequences of height and growth in a high-mortality, nineteenth-century Dutch population.

Keywords: Height; Anthropometry; Growth; Mortality; Epidemiological transition; Netherlands; Nineteenth century; Historical demography (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113430

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