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The prognosis of infantile obesity: Is infantile obesity 'benign' childhood obesity?
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PMID:  21214670     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background It is categorized obesity earlier than 2 years of age as 'benign' childhood obesity. In other words, no treatment is required for this type of obesity, and its course can simply be followed without any particular intervention. In this study, we conducted to determine whether early infantile obesity is actually 'benign' childhood obesity. Methods We investigated the stature (length) and weight growth distance curves and growth velocity curves of Case A, of his parents in infancy, and of his younger sister to determine whether their obesity in infancy was the 'benign' childhood obesity. These data were also compared with other cases of infantile obesity and those of normal infants. Results The results showed that Case A's weight growth velocity declined until the age of 6 months and was then constant from 7 months onward. Since Case A's weight growth velocity curve followed the same pattern as that seen in a normal infant, despite differing in degree, the reason why this patient became obese in early infancy was probably insufficient deceleration of his weight growth velocity compared to that of a normal infant. In addition, the weight growth patterns and growth velocities of his parents and young sister during infancy were similar to those of the patient. Conclusions We concluded that these 4 cases were 'benign' childhood obesity. In addition, we have seen 6 other cases with infantile obesity who visited our pediatric outpatient clinic. Thus, the clinical characteristics of infantile obesity are discussed in this article.
Reiko Sugiura; Tomoo Okada; Mitsunori Murata
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics international : official journal of the Japan Pediatric Society     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1442-200X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
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Created Date:  2011-1-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100886002     Medline TA:  Pediatr Int     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 The Authors. Pediatrics International © 2011 Japan Pediatric Society.
Faculty of Human Ecology, Wayo Women's University Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Nihon University School of Medicine.
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