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Quetelet's index as a measure of body fatness in young infants.
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PMID:  2591337     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There is a dearth of body composition techniques suitable for use in young infants. We have investigated the ability of Quetelet's index (W/H2) to predict body fatness in a group of male and female infants at 5 and 11 weeks of age. Fat-free mass and hence fat mass was determined using an H2 18O dilution technique. FM/H2 and Quetelet's index were significantly correlated in all but the male, 11 week old infants. However Quetelet's index could not be used in a predictive capacity because of the poor variation accounted for by the relationships. It is possible that Quetelet's index is a poor method of predicting body fatness in young infants because of the very rapid changes that are occurring in body weight and length at that time.
P S Davies; A Lucas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early human development     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0378-3782     ISO Abbreviation:  Early Hum. Dev.     Publication Date:  1989 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-01-25     Completed Date:  1990-01-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  135-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit, Cambridge, U.K.
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MeSH Terms
Adipose Tissue / anatomy & histology*
Body Composition*
Body Mass Index*
Sex Factors

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