Morphometrics

What is morphometrics? 

Morphometrics is the measurement of the variation in the structure or form of organisms. In the mid-1900s, William Herbert Sheldon introduced the notion that there were three components that determine the morphology of a human individual: mesomorphy (musculoskeletal robustness relative to height); endomorphy (relative fatness); and ectomorphy (relative erectness or slenderness). The study of body shapes and their prevalence in both physical and mental disorders may provide insight into the biology of and risk for schizophrenia.

What is the evidence for morphometrics?

High quality evidence shows people with schizophrenia are often slighter shorter in height than people without schizophrenia.

Moderate to low quality evidence also finds people with schizophrenia are often be more erect and slender, and have a lower body mass compared to both people without schizophrenia and people with other mental disorders.

July 2019

Last updated at: 12:33 am, 12th July 2019
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