Date of Award

6-1-2004

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Ximena Urrutia-Rojas

Second Advisor

Daisha Cipher

Third Advisor

John Menchaca

Abstract

Bell, Karen. Exploratory Analysis on the Prevalence of Rapid Growth and Overweight in Normal Birth Weight Infants. Master of Public Health. June 2004. 33 pp, 5 tables, bibliography, 24 titles. Rapid growth can be defined as a period of growth acceleration that occurs in infants who are born of normal birth weight. Research has shown that children who experience this phenomenon exhibit future health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and obesity. Furthermore, these conditions can manifest in childhood and persist to adulthood. The exploratory study reported here examined rapid growth and overweight in this group. This study also included a review of literature that examined health complications and predictors associated with rapid growth and overweight in this group. This study also included a review of literature that examined health complications and predictors associated with rapid growth. In addition, the author investigated the history of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) growth charts. The exploratory analysis studied data on ninety-one infants from a Cook Children’s Network pediatric office. The infants’ weight and height information were obtained every two months after birth for a six-month time period. This information was used to plot each infant’s growth on 2000 CDC growth charts which would indicate if a child was either growing rapidly, or overweight. Nineteen infants exhibited rapid growth within the first six to nine months of life. Eight were found to be either obese, overweight or at risk of being overweight. The health complications associated with rapid growth in these infants needs to be assessed. Therefore, it is important that more research is performed that examines this phenomenon.

Comments

Bell, Karen. Exploratory Analysis on the Prevalence of Rapid Growth and Overweight in Normal Birth Weight Infants. Master of Public Health. June 2004. 33 pp, 5 tables, bibliography, 24 titles. W 4.5 B433E 2004

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