Importance of Growth for Health and Development

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Alan Lucas, Maria Makrides, Ekhard E. Ziegler
Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers, 2010 - Medical - 251 pages
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Growth is universally used by health care professionals and caregivers to judge the physical condition of babies and children: poor growth in early life has a negative impact on cognitive development and morbidity, whereas rapid and excessive growth is associated with a higher prevalence of obesity and cardiovascular disease. This publication explores in some detail the relationship between early growth patterns and later neurodevelopment, obesity, cardiovascular outcomes and longevity in both industrialzed and semi-industrialized societies. It consists of three parts that each deals with a specific topic: The first part focuses on the connection between early growth and obesity and cardiovascular outcomes. The next section concentrates on the interrelationship between growth and neurological development, and the last part is dedicated to the control as assessment of physical growth.

Bringing together the expert opinions of outstanding clinicians and scientists, this book will be of particular value for pediatricians, public health scientists and epidemiologists.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Growth Obesity and CV Outcomes
13
Leptin Nutrition and the Programming of Hypothalamic
25
Early Growth and Ageing
41
Does Early Growth Affect LongTerm Risk Factors
55
The Importance of Growth
71
Interrelationship between Growth and Development
99
Role of LongChain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
123
Growth and Development of the Brain and Impact
137
Benefits and Harms of Iron Supplementation
153
Physical Growth and Body Composition
167
The 2000 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
181
Growth Charts Compared
197
Impact on Health Later in Life
213
Concluding Remarks
239
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