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Emerg Infect Dis. 2012 Sep;18(9):1490-2. doi: 10.3201/eid1809.111821.

Infectious diseases in children and body mass index in young adults.

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  • 1Stanford University-Infectious Diseases, 300 Pasteur Dr, Grant Building S101, Mc 5107, Stanford, CA 94305-5107, USA. gsuh@stanford.edu

Abstract

In a cohort of 1,863 Filipinos, diarrhea, fever, and unsanitary conditions in infancy were associated with a decreased body mass index in adulthood; upper respiratory tract infection was associated with an increased body mass index. These finding support the hypothesis that infections early in life play a role in body habitus in adulthood.

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