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Effective ages of the anthropometric data in PeopleSize 2008.

The age of anthropometry data is important, because of the broad trend of increasing size over time.  PeopleSize adjusts all its data to the most recent authoritative sources of height and weight.

This table gives details about the year in which the surveys were carried out, the type of source, and the age and income groups available (income level is associated with certain trends in height and weight).

    Data survey year Source Income Age groups
Australia Australia 2004-5 Government self-reported, adjusted*   18-25,25-50,18-39,40-64,18-64,65+,65-74,75+
Belgium Belgium 2005 estimated Academic   18-65,65-80,Children each year.
China China 1999-2000 Academic   18-45, urban population
France France 2003-4 Clothing survey**   18-70
Germany Germany 2004-5 Government self-reported, adjusted*   18-25,25-50,18-39,40-64,18-64,65+
Italy Italy 1990-1 Academic   18-83
Japan Japan 1992-4 Government survey   18-59
Sweden Sweden 2004-6 Academic   18-65
UK UK 2005 Government survey Lo/Hi/All 18-25,25-50,18-39,40-64,18-64,65+,65-74,75+. Children each year.  Infants by 3-month intervals
USA USA 2003-6 Government survey Lo/Hi/All 18-25,25-50,18-39,40-64,18-64,65+,65-74,75+. Children each year.

*Self-reported heights and weights are characteristically over- and underestimated respectively by respondents.  The findings of research into this trend have been used to correct the bias.

** Clothing survey samples tend to be taller and lighter than the population as a whole.  However because this is the only source available for the French population it has not been adjusted.

For more detail see the Adult Data pages in the online version of the Help System