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INFLUENCE OF MATERNAL REPRODUCTIVE CHARACTERISTICS ON THE BODY TRAITS OF PRESCHOOL CHILDREN

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The authors studied the influence of maternal reproductive characteristics on their pre-school children's body traits in a village in southern Spain, assuming that children's size at pre-school age is associated with their future reproductive patterns. The variables considered were: 1) mother's age at menarche, as a more genetically informative variable, 2) as a more environmental variable, they propose a new index of maternal time availability, and 3) birth weight to control its influence on early patterns of growth. The children's body traits considered were weight and height, and a body mass index was also computed. According to these results, the mother's age at menarche is related to those body parameters which probably influence the children's future reproductive strategies.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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