Anthropometry – Body Measures

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‘Ever heard that the measure of your foot is the same measure as your forearm? Or that your arms outstretched, from fingertip to fingertip, is the same length as the height of your body? Believe it or not, there is a branch of Anthropology that studies the dimensions, lengths, and proportions of the human body. It is called Anthropometry.

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In the late 1400’s, Leonardo da Vinci sketched his first drawing of “The Vitruvian Man.” As shown, this image depicts equivalencies among different measurements of the human body. We are symmetrical and equally balanced.

(Click image to enlarge)

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Anthropometry:   ANTHRO = man // METRY = measure of

(Don’t you love how Latin roots can help to decode a word?)

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So as you have just learned, Anthropometry is the study of body measurements in men and women. Specific areas of the study deal with a comparison of length in body parts. You’ll be surprised at these… So, If you’ve heard that the length of your nose is equal to the measure of your ear, then get ready for more discoveries of your body span:

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With imaginary removal of your nose,

the length of your hand (from bottom of palm to tip of middle finger)

is equal to the height of your face.

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The distance between your eyes (connecting the inner corners)

is equal to the width of one eye.

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Your foot (from heal to toe)

measures the same length as your forearm (from wrist to elbow).

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The measure of your thumb (from its bottom knuckle and up)

equals the length of your nose.

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And, as I revealed above—

Your arms outstretched (from fingertip to fingertip)

is the same length as the height of your body.

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Go ahead. Try them all. …Pretty crazy, isn’t it? And I didn’t share most of them!

For more anthropometric measurements of the human body, stick around for the completion of my book! I’ve kept the best of this data for last…

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© 2013 by Stephanie Himmelman. All Rights Reserved.

No part of my writing may be reproduced, published, distributed, copied or displayed

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