Anthropometric indices of failure to thrive

Pauline Raynor, Mary C.J. Rudolf

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Aims - To compare five anthropometric methods of classifying failure to thrive in order to ascertain their relative merits in predicting developmental, dietary, and eating problems. Methods - The five anthropometric methods were compared in 83 children with failure to thrive. Results - The methods were inconsistent in classification of severity, and no one method was superior in predicting problems. Conclusions - Weight alone, being the simplest, is still the most reasonable marker for failure to thrive and associated problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-365
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Anthropometric measure
  • Body mass index
  • Failure to thrive


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