*Indu Talwar and Preeti Bajwa
Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh - 160 014
*Corresponding author : firstname.lastname@example.org
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.