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A cross-sectional growth study is presented of 2659 Aruban children aged 0-14 years. The study was carried out in 1973 and 1974 following the methodology recommended by the International Biological Program. Height, weight, sitting height, skinfold thickness and arm anthropometry as well as pubertal stages and menarche were recorded and compared to other ethnic groups. Aruban children appear to have growth characteristics comparable to other ethnic groups of high socio-economic background in the Caribbean area.