Weight in infancy and coronary heart disease in adult life

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6977.468b (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:468
  1. D P Davies
  1. Professor of child health University Department of Child Health, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XN

    EDITOR,—C H D Fall and colleagues' paper assumes that low weight at 1 year is a result of undernutrition and that greater weight is a result of better nutrition.1 Unfortunately, weight gain in the first year of life is not as straightforward as this. When weight profiles of individual babies are examined in the early months considerable shifts across centile lines take place in both upward and downward directions as the baby leaves behind intrauterine influences on growth and grows under the direction of his or her own genetic machinery.2 In a study …

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