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Cross-sectional stature growth profiles are presented for preadolescent, adolescent and young adult Sinhalese males of middle and upper socioeconomic status from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sinhalese males are compared to cross-sectional standards for adolescent male stature developed by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the U.S.A. While the shapes of the NCHS and Sinhalese cross-sectional growth curves are similar, the majority of Sinhalese adolescent males (> 80%) fall below the N C H S 50th percentile for stature at a given age.