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Infant growth and income 50 years later
  1. D J P Barker1,
  2. J G Eriksson2,
  3. T Forsén2,
  4. C Osmond3
  1. 1DOHaD Division, University of Southampton, UK
  2. 2National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland
  3. 3MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor D J P Barker
    DOHaD Division, Mailpoint 95, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK;


Among 4630 boys, irrespective of the social class into which they were born, those who grew slowly during infancy had poor educational achievements and had lower incomes than those who grew more rapidly. One interpretation of this is that biological processes linked to slow infant growth may lead to lifelong impairment of cognitive function.

  • cognitive function
  • income
  • infant growth

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