Nutrition and growth

J Pediatr. 1977 Jul;91(1):40-2. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(77)80440-x.


Longitudinal growth data on children who developed obesity during childhood reveal a distinct tendency for height gain to accelerate coincident with or after the onset of excessive weight gain. The magnitude of the relative height increment is related to the degree of overweight. Overnutrition accelerates growth, just as undernutrition retards it.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Body Height
  • Body Weight
  • Child
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Growth*
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • New York
  • Obesity / metabolism*