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Height and weight differences between North and South Korea.

Authors
  • Schwekendiek, Daniel
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Biosocial Science
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
Volume
41
Issue
1
Pages
51–55
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S002193200800299X
PMID: 18647440
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper investigates height and weight differences between the two Koreas by comparing national anthropometric data published by the South Korean Research Institute of Standard and Science with United Nations survey data collected inside North Korea in 2002. For socioeconomic reasons, pre-school children raised in the developing country of North Korea are up to 13 cm shorter and up to 7 kg lighter than children who were brought up in South Korea--an OECD member. North Korean women were also found to weigh up to 9 kg less than their Southern counterparts.

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