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Standard of living, biological
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1. Nutrition and height

The concept of a biological standard of living is based on the assumption of a connection between food quality and height, while also taking into account the influence of disease environment (Illness), workload (Work), and hygiene. Numerous studies have shown that average height increases under favorable living conditions. The human body can employ its energy to maintain vital functions,…

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Baten, Jörg and Crayen, Dorothee, “Standard of living, biological”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023208>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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