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National Study of Health and Growth. By Rona RJ, Chinn S. (Pp 133, hardback; £49.50.) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. ISBN 0 19262 919 0
The youth of today are not what they were: they are bigger. Rona and Chinn, in their long and meticulous study of the health and growth of some 87 000 children, have documented the continuing trend to increasing height for age in primary school children over a 20 year period. This is generally thought to be a good thing and indicative of ever improving health and nutrition. The trend has …