UK adopts growth charts based on data from breastfed babies

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 08 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1892
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. 1BMJ

    All newborn babies and children up to 4 years old in the United Kingdom will have their growth measurements plotted on new charts from this week, which will lead to more infants classed as overweight or obese.

    The UK is the first in Europe to adopt the new standards, based on World Health Organization data collected for breastfed babies. The charts replace those in use for nearly 20 years and which used measures based predominately on babies fed with formula milk.

    All children, regardless of whether they are breast or bottle fed, will be plotted against the new standards. As breastfed babies grow at a slightly slower rate, the average weight of infants at the age of 1 year in the WHO chart is 1 kg less than in the …

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