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AGE AT MENARCHE IN RELATION TO BODY SIZE AND PHYSIOLOGICAL VARIABLES AMONG RAJPUT GIRLS

*Indu Talwar and Preeti Bajwa
Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh - 160 014

*Corresponding author : talwarindu@yahoo.co.in

Abstract
Body size and physiological variables of Rajput adolescent girls have been studied in relation to their age at menarche. Cross-sectional data based on four anthropometric measurements, three physiological traits and two derived measures were collected from 200 Rajput girls aged 10 to 17 years, belonging to Solan District of Himachal Pradesh. Information on age at menarche was obtained using status quo method. Results indicate that girls in whom menarche had occurred were taller, heavier, had higher mean value of body mass index and lower value of waist-hip ratio than those who had not experienced this phenomenon. Early maturing girls also exhibited higher mean values for systolic and diastolic blood pressure, higher pulse rate and greater grip strength than their late maturing peers during adolescence.

Key words: -Menarche, Physiological variables, Rajput girls.

 

 
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