Hong Kong Med J 2013;19(Suppl 9):S30-2
Are the 2006 World Health Organization standards for infant growth applicable to Hong Kong Chinese? Universalistic standards or epidemiological transition stage- specific norms
CM Schooling, LL Hui, BJ Cowling, LM Ho, GM Leung
Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong
1. Parental socio-economic status was positively associated with length and body mass index of Hong Kong Chinese infants at 9 months.
2. Maternal smoking in pregnancy was negatively associated with infant length at 9 months.
3. Some of the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for an optimal nurturing environment contributed positively to growth. At 36 months, Hong Kong Chinese infants were generally shorter and fatter than the WHO growth references.