Medicine: The Fat & the Lean

Tables of average heights and weights for children have been so overpromoted that many mothers spend their time jittering needlessly about whether a youngster is up to par. But doctors have never studied data on averages for people at the upper end of the life span. Last week Dr. Arthur M. Master presented the A.M.A. with revealing data on oldsters aged 65 to 94. The tables were compiled at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital from information on 2,925 men and 2,694 women all over the U.S.

In the 65-69 bracket, the tables showed, men average 5 ft. 8 in. tall, weigh 159 Ibs....

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