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Research Article

Diet and retarded growth.

Br Med J 1978; 1 doi: (Published 04 March 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;1:539
  1. D R Davis,
  2. J Apley,
  3. G Fill,
  4. C Grimaldi


    The diets of 36 children below the third centile for height but with no organic disease were compared with the diets of a control group. In most cases retarded growth was associated with a long-continued deficiency in calorie intake. When the diets were reassessed about a year later the shortfall in calorie intake was significantly reduced. This improvement, which tended to be followed by an increase in the rate of growth in height, might have been due to alteration in the child's circumstances or improvement in the family attitudes and feeding habits or both. Advice given at the clinic is thought to have played a part in bringing these changes about.