Is infant weight at 6 months linked to weight at 12 months?
- Chandler-Laney, P.C., Gower, B.A., Fields, D.A., 2013. Gestational and early life influences on infant body composition at 1 year. Obesity 21, 144–148.
- 47 infants
Rate of weight gain was assessed at 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-12 months.
- Fat levels at 12 months was predicted by the rate of weight gain at 3, 6 and 9 months and by older maternal age at delivery.
- Yes (with confidence)
- Although the authors cannot determine whether fat levels at 1 year will track across childhood; evidence from long term studies using simple measures of BMI and weight-for-length supports this possibility.