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September 10, 1927


Author Affiliations

Health Officer, Gibson County TRENTON, TENN.

JAMA. 1927;89(11):847-849. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690110011004

Do children that are below average weight tend to gain or lose ground when no active steps are taken with specific regard to nutrition? Do these children increase their weight with any regularity? Does the age or sex of these children bear any relation to the gain or loss of weight? This paper is the preliminary one of a series of studies that are being undertaken in an attempt to answer these questions.

MATERIAL AND METHODS  For the purposes of this study, 1,491 children, 901 girls and 590 boys, were followed through a period of from two to four years. These children were of American stock, living in rural and small town communities. They were weighed on accurate scales, and measured according to the method of Baldwin.1 The measurements were taken at the same time each year, with the children in stocking feet and ordinary indoor clothing.The standard