Patterns of infant weight gain in developing countries

Wells, J.C.K., Davies, P.S.W. and Lee, P.C. (1993) Patterns of infant weight gain in developing countries. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, 39 4: 214-218. doi:10.1093/tropej/39.4.214

Author Wells, J.C.K.
Davies, P.S.W.
Lee, P.C.
Title Patterns of infant weight gain in developing countries
Journal name Journal of Tropical Pediatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-6338
Publication date 1993-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/tropej/39.4.214
Volume 39
Issue 4
Start page 214
End page 218
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Oxford Journals
Language eng
Subject 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics
1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Abstract Data relating to weight of infants from 23 developing countries and two western industrialized populations taken from the literature were compared. Growth in the developing countries was extremely variable, but was poor compared to western standards such that by 12 months of age mean weight in all 23 populations was below the NCHS 50th percentile (P < 0.001) and in 11 populations mean weight was below the 10th percentile. Birth weight was not related to growth increment in the first 3 months. Multiple regression analysis showed birth weight and growth increments in the first four 3-month periods post-partum to be highly significantly related to weight at 12 months (P< 0.0001 in all cases). Growth increment in the first 3 months had the greatest effect out of these variables; the effect of the other four variables was similar. These patterns demonstrate the variable impact of environmental factors on growth in the first year of life.
Keyword Growth
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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