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  19. Hip breadth

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Definition:

Maximum horizontal distance across the hips in the sitting position.

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Applications:

Clearance at seat level; the width of a seat should be not much less than this.

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Corrections:

10mm for light clothing; 25mm for medium clothing; 50mm for heavy outdoor clothing.

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Note:

This is a dimension with a substantial soft tissue component. In studies of physique, etc., the bony dimension bicristal breadth is generally used (measured between the lateral edges of the crests of the hip bones).

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Hip breadth

(mm)

Men

Women

5th %ile

50th %ile

95th %ile

SD

5th %ile

50th %ile

95th %ile

SD

Hong Kong

300

335

370

22

295

330

365

21

British, Aged19-65 years

310

360

405

29

310

370

435

38

US, Aged19-65 years

310

360

410

30

310

375

440

39

Japanese adults

280

305

330

14

270

305

340

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