Figure 1 Early growth of Filipino infants is associated with relative weight at birth. Mean growth increments from birth to 2 months of age in children who were relatively thin (BMI < 10th sample percentile) or fat (BMI > 90th sample percentile).
postnatal growth contributes to disease risk. The extent to which rapid postnatal growth itself is a risk factor for the development of chronic disease has been the subject of extensive recent research. The relationship of early growth patterns to later disease risk is discussed in detail in a subsequent section.
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