Institutional Change and Variation in 19th-Century Southern Blacks' and Whites' Body Mass Indices - 10.1628/093245614X13801797311754 - Mohr Siebeck
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Scott Alan Carson

Institutional Change and Variation in 19th-Century Southern Blacks' and Whites' Body Mass Indices

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Little research exists on the body mass index (BMI) values of 19th-century Southern blacks and whites. Using a new BMI data set and sensitivity analysis, this paper demonstrates that Southern blacks' BMIs were greater than whites' and both declined throughout the 19th century; therefore, the 20th-century increase in Southern BMIs did not have its origins in the late 19th century. Farmers had greater BMIs than nonfarmers, and biological differences explain more of the black-white BMI differential than socioeconomic characteristics.
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