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Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1999 Feb;23(2):159-62.

Weights of parents and infants: is there a relationship?

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the relationship between the measures of body weights of parents and those of their children during the first two years of life.

SUBJECTS:

Seventy-eight infants born to obese ('high risk') or nonobese ('low risk') mothers.

METHODS:

Weight, weight for length and skinfold thicknesses of the high and low risk infants were measured at 3 months, 12 months and 24 months of age. A multiple linear regression analysis assessed the contributions of nine risk factors, including paternal and maternal body mass index (BMI: kg/m2), to the weight and weight for length of infants at 12 months and 24 months of age.

RESULTS:

There were no differences between the high and low risk groups in weight, weight for length or skinfold thicknesses at 3 months, 12 months or 24 months of age. Neither paternal nor maternal BMI entered the multiple regression.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results suggest that genetic influences on the body weight of infants may be independent of those that influence BMI in adults, a circumstance that could complicate the search for genetic determinants of obesity.

PMID:
10078850
DOI:
10.1038/sj.ijo.0800785
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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