Offering a study of biological, biomedical and biocultural approaches, the second edition of Human Growth and Development is a valued resource for researchers, professors and graduate students across the interdisciplinary area of human development. With timely chapters on obesity, diet / lifestyle, and genetics, this edition is the only publication offering a biological, biomedical and biocultural approach. The second edition of Human Growth and Development includes contributions from the well-known experts in the field and is the most reputable, comprehensive resource available.

Key Features

  • New chapters discussing genomics and epigenetics, developmental origins, body proportions and health and the brain and neurological development.
  • Presented in the form of lectures to facilitate student programming
  • Updated content highlighting the latest research on the relationship between early growth and later (adult) outcomes: the developmental origins of health and disease.


Professors, researchers and advanced students in medicine, physiotherapy, human biology and development, and anthropology.

Table of Contents





  1. Human growth curve, canalization and catch-up growth
  2. Growth in Infancy and childhood
  3. Adolescence : somatic growth and sex differences
  4. Puberty
  5. Endocrine control of growth
  6. Nutrition and growth
  7. Genomics and Epigenetics
  8. Genetic epidemiology of growth and development
  9. Social and economic effects on growth
  10. Environmental effects on growth
  11. Evolution of human growth
  12. Developmental origins and human growth and senescence
  13. Growth, proportionality and health
  14. Physical activity and human growth
  15. Brain and neurological development
  16. Saltation and Stasis
  17. Endocrine disorders of growth
  18. Body composition
  19. The measurement of human growth
  20. The assessment of maturation
  21. Growth references and standards


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About the authors

Noel Cameron

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Human Biology, Centre for Global Health and Human Development, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK

Barry Bogin

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Biological Anthropology, Centre for Global Health and Human Development, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK


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"... an excellent and detailed overview of the knowledge, theory, and methods in the study of human growth and development... a set of clear and comprehensive essays on the most important topics in the field, beautifully written by a veritable 'dream team' of experts..."--D.W. Sellen, Emory University for the AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY (May 2003)
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