Early childhood predictors of adult body composition.

  title={Early childhood predictors of adult body composition.},
  author={C{\'e}line Druet and Ken K Ong},
  journal={Best practice & research. Clinical endocrinology & metabolism},
  volume={22 3},
Intra-uterine life has been identified as a possible critical period for the development of obesity risk in both adults and children; others have highlighted the importance of growth and nutrition in the first few years. It is suggested that fetal growth, as assessed by birth weight, may programme lean body mass later in life. Children who are born small for gestational age also have a predisposition to accumulating fat mass, particularly intra-abdominal fat. It is not yet clear whether this… CONTINUE READING


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