Forgotten Diseases Research Foundation


Postnatal Growth

Waist size in Cuban children

A 2011 study (1) created curves for Cuban monitoring waist size in Cuban children and adolescents. The study was performed in response to increasing obesity in Cuba. The study obtained data from 4,360 children and adolescents who were aged 7.5 to 19.0 years in a cross-sectional study of growth and development conducted in Havana in 1998 and 2005.

Brithweight by Gestational Age

A 2015 study used data from ~16,000 births at the the V.I. Lenin University General Hospital in Holguín Municipality, from January 2008 to December 2012 (50.1% girls, 49.9% boys; reference 2). The study used singleton births from 30 to 43 weeks. The study included newborns with congenital anomalies but excluded stillbirths and multiple births (twins, etc.). Infants whose mothers had had risk factors that could affect birthweight were included in the study; these conditions included pre-eclampsia, hypertension and diabetes mellitus.



  1. 1. Esquivel Lauzurique, M et al. (2011). Curvas de crecimiento de la circunferencia de la cintura en niños y adolescentes habaneros Revista Cubana de Pediatría 83(1) 44-55. Full text.
  2. 2. Martínez PA, et al. (2015) New references for neonatal weight by gestational age and sex, Holguín, Cuba. MEDICC Rev 2015 17(1):18-22. Full text on Scielo.
  3. Photo credit: Boys playing in Trinidad, Cuba. Image taken by Wikimedia Commons user Jplavoie and found on Wikimedia Commons. Licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts.

  4. 1. Bustamante, A, et al. (2015). Centile curves and reference values for height, body mass, body mass index and waist circumference of Peruvian children and adolescents. Int J Environ Res Public Health 12(3): 2905-2922. Full text on PubMed Central.


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