Quetelet's index as a measure of body fatness in young infants

Davies, P.S.W. and Lucas, A. (1989) Quetelet's index as a measure of body fatness in young infants. Early Human Development, 20 2: 135-141. doi:10.1016/0378-3782(89)90054-6

Author Davies, P.S.W.
Lucas, A.
Title Quetelet's index as a measure of body fatness in young infants
Journal name Early Human Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-3782
Publication date 1989-11-01
Year available 1989
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0378-3782(89)90054-6
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 135
End page 141
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier/North Holland
Language eng
Subject 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics
Formatted abstract
There is a dearth of body composition techniques suitable for use in young infants. We have investigated the ability of Quetelet's index (W/H2) to predict body fatness in a group of male and female infants at 5 and 11 weeks of age. Fat-free mass and hence fat mass was determined using an H218O dilution technique. FM/H2 and Quetelet's index were significantly correlated in all but the male, 11 week old infants. However Quetelet's index could not be used in a predictive capacity because of the poor variation accounted for by the relationships. It is possible that Quetelet's index is a poor method of predicting body fatness in young infants because of the very rapid changes that are occurring in body weight and length at that time.
Keyword Obstetrics & Gynecology
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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