Birth ponderal index and body mass index reference curves in a large population.

@article{Lehingue1998BirthPI,
  title={Birth ponderal index and body mass index reference curves in a large population.},
  author={Yves Lehingue and Laurent Remontet and F. L{\'o}pez-Oliva Mu{\~n}oz and Nicole Mamelle},
  journal={American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council},
  year={1998},
  volume={10 3},
  pages={327-340}
}
A file of 100,716 children born between 1984 and 1988 in 22 maternity wards was used to estimate for each week of gestational age and gender, the exponent β which makes an index Weight/Lengthβ independent from length. It varied with gestational age but remained near 3. Therefore, Rohrer's index (Weight/Length3 ) appears as a good approximation to assess neonatal weight as a whole, taking length into account. However, literature suggests that Quetelet's index (Weight/Length2 ) might be a better… CONTINUE READING