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Results Figure 1 depicts the findings in growth in weight according to birthweight group, u p to the age of 15. The 50th percentile weight-for-age for girls is included as a reference. Children with birthweights over 3,000 gm remain above the 50th percentile for girls u p until about eight to nine months of age, and by one year of age have dropped below, the difference steadily increasing from about five years of age onwards. Figure 1 Mean weight by age and birthweight. - 500-1999 gm 2000-2999 gm - 3000-3999 gm 4000+grn INCHS Girls 50% 0 NOTE: l l 1 24 48 72 l 96 Month of Age l l 120 144 l l 168 In figures in this chapter, the Aboriginal growth projectiles extend only to a maximum of 150 months-the mid-point of the 120-80 month category.

Community Mean birthweight Age of mother

The Aboriginal Health Program Team has, up until now, used the Harvard Standards as the anthropometric standards for comparison and evaluation of programs and interventions. In this study the NCHS/CDC/WHO standards were used to convert the raw anthropometric data to percentiles. The 'CASP 31' software program was used to calculate the percentiles. Results Figure 1 depicts the findings in growth in weight according to birthweight group, u p to the age of 15. The 50th percentile weight-for-age for girls is included as a reference.

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