Childhood socioeconomic circumstances and adult height and leg length in central and eastern Europe

@article{Webb2008ChildhoodSC,
  title={Childhood socioeconomic circumstances and adult height and leg length in central and eastern Europe},
  author={Elizabeth A. Webb and Diana Kuh and Anne Peasey and Andrzej Pająk and Sofia Malyutina and Rů{\vz}ena Kub{\'i}nov{\'a} and R Topor-Madry and Diana V. Denisova and Nada Capkova and Michael Marmot and Martin Bob{\'a}k},
  journal={Journal of Epidemiology \& Community Health},
  year={2008},
  volume={62},
  pages={351 - 357}
}
Background: Adult height and leg length have been shown to be positively associated with childhood socioeconomic circumstances in several studies in western populations. This study will determine whether similar associations are observable in settings with different social histories, and will assess whether adult leg length is more strongly associated than adult height. Methods: Random samples of men and women aged 45–69 years were taken from population registers in Novosibirsk (Russia), Krakow… 
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