I am looking for a graph or data for relative growth of human body organs, more importantly head size and total body height.

The full data I would like to have—each as a function of time from birth (and preferably until death)—are:

  1. Head size, preferably for both male and female,
  2. Hand size,
  3. Leg size,
  4. Cerebrum weight,
  5. Body height, and,
  6. Body weight.

I have only found the two last ones, but I'd rather have all data from a single study.

  • $\begingroup$ I would appreciate something slightly different : a public data set like (height, weight, sex) for N adults, or (heigth, weight, sex, age) for N individuals, with N big enough. If in you quest you find this, please let me know. $\endgroup$
    – Elvis
    Commented Dec 27, 2011 at 7:16
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    $\begingroup$ Look on the NHANES site, @Elvis, or go to the CDC. (Weight, height, head size, and BMI by age up to 20 years are available at the CDC. Unfortunately, hand size, leg size, and--especially--cerebrum weight will not be available.) $\endgroup$
    – whuber
    Commented Dec 27, 2011 at 15:29

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Expanding on @whuber's comment, there are several sets of data that one could find:

  • Different growth curves for infants (weight-for-age; length-for-age, weight-for-recumbent length; head circumference-for-age) and older children (weight-for-stature; weight-for-age; stature-for-age; and BMI-for-age) can be found at the CDC site
  • Different ultrasound fetal measurements including head and abdominal circumferences and a couple of bone lengths can be found, e.g, in this pregnancy site

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