Anthropometry, Body Composition and Growth Assessment

Anthropometry is the study of human body size and proportions. It is one method to predict body composition. Bioelectrical impedance analysis, isotope dilution and densitometry are examples of additional options. Antenatally and among infants and young children, it includes the monitoring of growth: the assessment of change in body size over time. Growth is a sensitive indicator of health. For all people, but in particular for pregnant women, infants and children, anthropometry is an objective reflection and core element of nutrition status. Many studies in the Research Centre for Maternal, Fetal, Newborn and Child Healthcare include the measurement and interpretation of anthropometric, body composition or growth data. The aim of this page is to:

  • Help researchers plan for and collect the highest quality anthropometric, body composition and growth data
  • Guide researchers in the interpretation of anthropometric, body composition and growth data from conception onwards
  • Share relevant resources and publications


Friede Wenhold and team:

  • Ute Feucht (Infant and child growth and anthropometry)
  • Sanja Nel (Infant and child growth and anthropometry)
  • Helen Mulol (Isotope dilution for infant body composition)
  • Marlene Gilfillan (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis for body composition in pregnancy)
  • Valerie Vannevel & Felicia Molokoane (Antenatal growth monitoring/biometry)
  • Marinel Hofman
  • Mothusi Nyofane


Wenhold FA, Nel S. When is the estimation of weight and height good enough? A life cycle view. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2022 Apr 8;35(1):i-i.



















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