A comparison of the growth patterns of Chinese infants in Chengdu and Hong Kong: 0-2 years

J Paediatr Child Health. 1994 Aug;30(4):336-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1994.tb00658.x.


Factors affecting geographical differences in the growth of Chinese infants were examined by comparing data obtained from longitudinal growth studies on growth and feeding practices performed in two Chinese populations: Chengdu and Hong Kong infants from birth to 2 years. Their mean growth curves were fitted by the Reed model for the first year and the Count model for the second year. Chengdu mothers were significantly taller than Hong Kong mothers. Chengdu infants grew more rapidly than the Hong Kong infants during the first 6 months; it is likely that this is related to genetic differences in growth potential and earlier introduction of solids in Chengdu infants.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • China / epidemiology
  • Demography
  • Female
  • Growth* / genetics
  • Growth* / physiology
  • Hong Kong / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Reference Values
  • Regression Analysis