Medicine: Women's Weights

Dr. Mary Louise Boillin, research assistant at Columbia's Teachers College, last week propounded an accurate formula to figure any woman's proper weight. Height therein is far less important than chest measurements. The formula, which Dr.Boillin calls "the multiple regression equation," she verified by measuring 815 Wellesley girls. It is: 2.5014 times width of hips in cm. + 0.5245 times height in cm. + 4.6024 times depth of chest in cm. + 0.8954 times biacromial width* in cm. + 2.8644 times chest width in cm. — 209.2255 = proper weight in pounds for the...

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