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Influence of Intrauterine Nutritional Status on the Development of Obesity in Later Life

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.1977.tb06555.x 100-102 First published online: 1 May 1977


Early nutritional experiences may influence the development of obesity in later life. Individuals whose third trimester of intrauterine life coincided with the Dutch Famine had a low incidence of obesity at 19 years of age. A high incidence of obesity was seen in those whose early intrauterine life coincided with the famine which might be related to alterations in hypothalamic differentiation. Birth weight may also be an important determinant of obesity.

  • obesity
  • intrauterine nutrition
  • famine
  • birth weight