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Somatotypes of Tibetan Adolescents in Tibet

WEN You-feng1,YE Li-ping2,XI Huan-jiu1,REN Fu1(1.Anthropology Institute of Liaoning Medical College;2.Pathophysiology of Liaoning Medical College,Jinzhou 121001,China)  
To study the characteristics and patterns of somatotypic growth in Tibetan adolescents,somatotypes of 2530 Tibetan adolescents were evaluated using the Heath-Carter anthropometric method.In this research,we found that the average somatotype of males was mesomorphic and ectomorphic(2.40—3.29—3.72)whereas in females,the average somatotype was central(3.65—2.87—3.32).The primary somatotype in males was ectomorphy(58.52%)and endomorphy in females(32.62%).It was noted that with increasing age,male somatotypes developed from mesomorph-ectomorphy,mesomorphic-ectomorphy to mesomorph-ectomorphy,however in females the pattern is from ectomorph-endomorphy,balanced ectomorphy,ectomorph-endomorphy ectomorphic endomorphy to balanced endomorphy.It is concluded that the somatotypes of Tibetan adolescent males and females are slender with males being more muscular and females having more body fat.
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