Infant Body Composition Measurements as an Assessment of Nutritional Status

  • Buford L. Nichols
  • Hwai-Ping Sheng
  • Kenneth J. Ellis
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 55)

Abstract

Growth is both a determinant and an index of the unique nutritional needs of childhood. Although growth can be defined simply as an accumulation of nutrient stores, it actually consists of an integration of cellular differentiation, hyperplasia, and hypertrophy, which results in structural and functional maturation of tissues. Rapid growth in the human occurs during the fetal, nursling, and pubertal stages of development. Childhood, a prolonged period of relatively slower growth, separates the nursling and pubertal stages.

Keywords

Obesity Hydration Helium Etion Deuterium 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Buford L. Nichols
    • 1
  • Hwai-Ping Sheng
    • 1
  • Kenneth J. Ellis
    • 1
  1. 1.USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Department of PediatricsBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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