Relationships between wasting and linear growth in stunted children

S. P. Walker, S. M. Grantham-McGregor, John H Himes, C. A. Powell

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Height-for-age and weight-for-height are commonly used indicators of nutritional status; however, their precise interrelationship remains unclear. We examined the relationship between weight-for-height and linear growth in 127 stunted Jamaican children aged 9 24 months. The children were measured every 6 months over a 2-year period. The initial weight-for-height status was positively associated with linear growth in the following 6-month interval. The change in weight-for-height in the preceding interval was a better predictor of linear growth in the next interval than attained weight-for- height at the beginning of the interval. The results suggest that variations in weight-for-height may influence the rate of linear growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)666-669
Number of pages4
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


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