Height and weight of rural and urban children

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6925.413c (Published 05 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:413
  1. W Barker
  1. Early Childhood Development Unit, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1HP.

    EDITOR, - Richard Reading and colleagues report that low birth weight and children's heights differ considerably between urban and rural areas in Northumberland, even after social deprivation was taken into account.1 For both indicators rural areas produce better outcomes.

    It is surprising that nutrition is not mentioned in the study, let alone considered as a possible cause of these important differences, given the world-wide evidence of the links between poor nutrition, low birth …

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