We wish to thank Dr. Braxton Alfred for statistical assistance.
Article first published online: 2 MAY 2005
Copyright © 1973 Wiley-Liss, Inc., A Wiley Company
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 727–738, May 1973
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Birkbeck, J. A. and Lee, M. (1973), Growth and skeletal maturation in British Columbia Indian populations. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 38: 727–738. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.1330380311
Supported by National Health grant 609-7-214 and 609-7-236, and University of British Columbia Research Grants.
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- Article first published online: 2 MAY 2005
Stature and skeletal maturation in childhood, mature stature, and calorie and protein intakes were studied in two populations of British Columbia Indians. Although mature stature was similar in both groups, one population (Anaham) showed delayed stature achieved for age and delayed skeletal maturity in childhood, compared with the other population (Ahousat). Analysis of growth data suggests that environmental factors are probably the predominant cause of the differences, which coincide with differences in nutritional status. Mean calorie intakes at Ahousat approximate or exceed the Canadian Dietary Standards, but those at Anaham are consistently below the standards for all age groups. Although mean protein intakes are well above the standards for all age groups, except teen-age girls at both reserves, they are consistently lower at Anaham than at Ahousat.