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May 1934

GROWTH AND BASAL METABOLISM: I. BASAL METABOLISM OF PRESCHOOL CHILDREN

Author Affiliations

TOKYO, JAPAN

Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(5):963-969. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960120021003
Abstract

Since improvement of the nutrition of children is being much stressed, it is indispensable that one should study the food requirement. There is much virgin soil for the study of the basal metabolism of children, especially of preschool children. Few investigations have been made on children of this age group because of the difficulty of securing subjects and because of the obstruction to accurate testing caused by the whimsical disposition of the children.

In this paper I shall present a general report on the basal metabolism of preschool children and the influence thereon of sex and race.

EXPERIMENTAL METHOD  Thirty-one children, fifteen boys and sixteen girls, between the ages of 3 years and 10 months and 6 years and 6 months served as subjects. All of them were healthy, and their weight, height, chest girth and other physical characteristics were about the average for Japanese children of the respective ages

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