The Relation between Size at Birth and Preschool Clinical Severe Malnutrition

  • Joaquín Cravioto
  • Elsa R. DeLicardie
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 49)


There has been a tendency to consider that, in situations in which food provision for infants and young children is marginal, intrinsically larger infants would presumably have higher nutritional requirements and are, therefore, at greater risk for the development of severe malnutrition.1 From the public health point of view, an analysis of the relation between size at birth and the subsequent occurrence of severe malnutrition in early childhood is important. If size at birth helps to define the likelihood with which a child would develop severe malnutrition during infancy and the preschool years, such knowledge would be valuable in identifying children at risk and, potentially, for prevention.


Early Childhood Index Case Total Body Length Severe Malnutrition Chest Circumference 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joaquín Cravioto
    • 1
  • Elsa R. DeLicardie
    • 1
  1. 1.Scientific Research DivisionHospital del Niño IMANMéxico, D.F.Mexico

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