First International Standards for Developing Baby Growth Could Help Combat Stunting, Obesity
Oxford, UK - New international standards for fetal growth and newborn size provide the first accurate measurements of ideal growth and development from conception to birth. Published in The Lancet, these new standards depict a healthy pattern of growth that is desirable for all fetuses and newborns everywhere, regardless of ethnic origin.
“Healthcare practitioners already have WHO international growth standards for children from birth up to the age of 5 that are used in 140 countries worldwide. Now they will have international standards for the developing fetus and newborn too,” explained José Villar, lead author and Professor of Perinatal Medicine at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Oxford in the UK.
“With these international standards, we will know when the nutrition and healthcare needs of the developing baby are not being met. Across the world, this will help identify signs of under-nutrition, stunting, wasting, and overweight at an earlier stage to implement preventive actions to reduce long-term health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension.” Continue>
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