Author(s): LudingtonHoe SM, Gittner LS, Haller HS
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Abstract AIM: To determine if growth patterns in healthy infants can identify associations with obesity at age 5 years. METHOD: Body mass index growth patterns from birth to 1 year were described for cohorts of children who were classified at 5 years as normal weight (n = 61), overweight (n = 47), obese (n = 41), and morbidly obese (n = 72). A longitudinal analysis of body mass index means based on the age postbirth was conducted and graphed. RESULTS: Distinctions in growth patterns were evident before 1 year postbirth. Children who were normal weight at 5 years demonstrated a growth pattern in the first year that differed from children who were overweight, obese, or morbidly obese at 5 years. CONCLUSIONS: Obesity growth patterns were seen in infancy and are clinically important because identification of infants who do not fit a normal weight pattern can occur and thus guide individualized interventions in the first year postbirth while precursors of later health are still forming.
This article was published in Clin Pediatr (Phila)
and referenced in Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy