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PREDICTION OF HEIGHT OF ADULTS OF THE ORON ETHNIC GROUP OF NIGERIA USING FOOT LENGTH

Ekemini Johnson, Uwemedimo G. Udoh* and Esther Eyo-Udo

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The study was carried out to determine the average value for height and foot length of the Oron ethnic group of Nigeria. The correlation between height and foot length and a formula for the estimation of height using the foot length of adults in the Oron ethnic group was established. Four hundred subjects (205 males and 195 females) between the ages of 18-50 of dual parentage up to the second generation were used for this study. Verbal consents were obtained from the subjects before conducting the research. The morphometric measurements of height and foot length were taken using standard anthropometric techniques. The mean and standard deviations of height for males and females were 172.05±10.43 and 162.99±7.64 respectively while that of foot length was 25.78±1.88 and 24.47±1.35 respectively. It was observed that Oron males had a significantly higher height and foot length value, thereby, showing sexual dimorphism. A positive correlation value of R=0.64 for males and R=0.62 for females was observed in this study between the height and foot length. A regression formula for height of both genders [{Male height= 80.16+3.56 foot length} and {Female height= 76.75+3.52 foot length}] was obtained.

Keywords: Foot length, height, Oron and anthropometry.


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