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National Health Examination Survey, Cycle I, 1959-1962: Body Measurements

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : clinical data
Creator
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Health Examination Surveys, Cycles I-III Series
Publication Date
1989-09-26
Language
English
Free Keywords
body height; body weight; chronic illnesses; dental health; eyesight; health behavior; health history; health status; hearing (physiology); medical evaluation; physical characteristics; physical health; testing and measurement
Description
  • Abstract

    The National Health Examination Surveys, Cycle I (NHES I), conducted during the period 1959-1962, were designed to secure statistics on the health status of the population of the United States. More specifically, their purpose was to determine the prevalence of certain chronic diseases, the status of dental health, and the distributions of auditory and visual acuity and certain anthropometric measurements. This collection contains data relating to the physical measurements of each examined person. Eighteen measurements of body size were taken including right arm girth, chest girth, waist girth, right arm skinfold, right infrascapular skinfold, height, weight, sitting normal height, sitting erect height, knee height.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1959-10 / 1962-12
    Time period: 1959-10--1962-12
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult (ages 18-79), civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the coterminous United States.
Sampling
National probability sample.
Collection Mode
  • All body dimensions other than weight are the scale readings recorded to the nearest millimeter. All linear measurements, other than skinfolds, were converted from centimeters to inches. Files from the NHES Cycle I, 1959-1962 may be linked using the File Sequence number in columns 1-5. The age distribution for this file is: N=3,853 ages 18-44, N=1,252 ages 45-54, N=861 ages 55-64, N=564 ages 65-74, and N=142 ages 75-79.

Availability
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9203 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Carothers, Bobbi J.. Men and women are from Earth: Examining the dimensional versus categorical structure of gender with taxometric procedures. Dissertation, University of Rochester. 2003.
  • (author unknown). Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. Evidence Report.98-4083, National Institutes of Health. 1998.
    • ID: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/ob_gdlns.pdf (URL)
  • Flegal, K.M., Carroll, M.D., Kuczmarski, R.J., Johnson, C.L.. Overweight and obesity in the United States: prevalence and trends, 1960-1994. International Journal of Obesity.22, (1), 39-47.1998.
    • ID: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0800541 (DOI)
  • Costa, Dora L., Steckel, Richard H.. Long-term trends in health, welfare, and economic growth in the United States. Health and Welfare During Industrialization.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1997.
  • Chumlea, W.C., Guo, S.S., Steinbaugh, M.L.. Prediction of stature from knee height for black and white adults and children with application to mobility-impaired or handicapped persons. Journal of the American Dietetic Association.94, (12), 1385-1388.1994.
    • ID: 10.1016/0002-8223(94)92540-2 (DOI)
  • Kuczmarski, Robert J., Flegal, Katherine M., Campbell, Stephen M., Johnson, Clifford L.. Increasing prevalence of overweight among US adults. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, 1960 to 1991. JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association.272, (3), 205-211.1994.
    • ID: 10.1001/jama.272.3.205 (DOI)
  • Chumlea, W.C., Guo, S.. Equations for predicting stature in white and black elderly individuals. Journal of Gerontology.47, (6), M197-M203.1992.
  • Davies, K.M., Recker, R.R., Stegman, M.R., Heaney, R.P.. Tallness versus shrinkage: do women shrink with age or grow taller with recent birth date?. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.6, (10), 1115-1120.1991.
    • ID: 10.1002/jbmr.5650061013 (DOI)
  • Davis, M.A., Neuhaus, J.M., Ettinger, W.H., Mueller, W.H.. Body fat distribution and osteoarthritis. American Journal of Epidemiology.132, (4), 701-707.1990.
  • Flegal, K.M., Harlan, W.R., Landis, J.R.. Secular trends in body mass index and skinfold thickness with socioeconomic factors in young adult men. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.48, (3), 544-551.1988.
  • Flegal, K.M., Harlan, W.R., Landis, J.R.. Secular trends in body mass index and skinfold thickness with socioeconomic factors in young adult women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.48, (3), 535-543.1988.
  • Bishop, C.W.. Reference values for arm muscle area, arm fat area, subscapular skinfold thickness, and sum of skinfold thicknesses for American adults. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.8, (5), 515-522.1984.
    • ID: 10.1177/0148607184008005515 (DOI)
  • Cronk, C.E., Roche, A.F.. Race- and sex-specific reference data for triceps and subscapular skinfolds and weight/stature. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.35, (2), 347-354.1982.
  • Newhouse, Joseph P., Friedlander, Lindy J.. The relationship between medical resources and measures of health: Some additional evidence. Journal of Human Resources.15, (2), 200-218.1980.
    • ID: http://www.jstor.org/stable/145331 (URL)
  • Stoudt, H.W., Damon, A., McFarland, R.A., Roberts, J.. Skinfolds, Body Girth, Biacromial Diameter, and Selected Anthropometric Indices of Adults, United States, 1960-62. Vital and Health Statistics, Series 11: Data from the National Health Examination Survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, and the Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.35, Hyattsville, MD: United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. 1974.
  • Roberts, J., Cohrssen, J.. History and Examination Findings Related to Visual Acuity Among Adults, United States, 1960-62. Vital and Health Statistics, Series 11: Data from the National Health Examination Survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, and the Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.28, Hyattsville, MD: United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. 1968.
    • ID: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_11/sr11_028.pdf (URL)
  • McDowell, Arthur J.. U.S. National Health Examination Survey. Public Health Reports.80, (11), 941-948.1965.
  • Stoudt, H.W., Damon, A., McFarland, R.A., Roberts, J.. Weight, Height, and Selected Body Dimensions of Adults, United States, 1960-62. Vital and Health Statistics, Series 11: Data from the National Health Examination Survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, and the Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.8, Washington, DC: United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. 1965.
    • ID: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_11/sr11_008.pdf (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics (1989): National Health Examination Survey, Cycle I, 1959-1962: Body Measurements. Version 1. National Health Examination Surveys, Cycles I-III Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09203.v1