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Anthropometry and Kinanthropometry
The scientific study of body measurements
Curated by Peter Mellow
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Ask the three main branches of science what the human body is mostly made from and their answers sound like the punchline to a geeky joke. “Water,” says the biologist, giving a reply that has surprised generations of schoolchildren who understandably may have expected something more solid. “Oxygen,” insists the chemist, raising the insubstantiality of our existence a step further. “Nothing,” retorts the physicist, clearly winning what seems like a competition to make humans disappear in a puff of logic.
Jennifer Aniston could not have known how right she was, when she penned a powerful op-ed on Tuesday. “The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we’re all