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Children worldwide can grow to the same height, says WHO

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7549.1052-e (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1052
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    New growth charts for infants and young children can be applied globally, says the World Health Organization. The charts will enable doctors and others to detect and tackle growth related conditions, such as undernutrition, overweight, and obesity, at an early stage.

    The new child growth standards confirm that children given healthy growth conditions born anywhere in the world—be it India, Brazil, or Norway—have the potential to develop to within the same range of height and weight. They prove that differences in children's growth to the age of 5 are influenced more by nutrition, feeding practices, environment, and health care than by …

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