Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 90:F273-FF275 doi:10.1136/adc.2004.060723
  • Short report

Skinfold measurements at birth: sex and anthropometric influence

  1. G Rodríguez1,
  2. M P Samper1,
  3. J L Olivares1,
  4. P Ventura1,
  5. L A Moreno2,
  6. J M Pérez-González1
  1. 1Departamento de Pediatría, Radiología y Medicina Física, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
  2. 2EU de Ciencias de la Salud, University of Zaragoza
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor Rodríguez
    Departamento de Pediatría, Radiología y Medicina Física, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Zaragoza, C/Domingo Miral s/n, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain;
  • Accepted 16 December 2004


Weight, length, and skinfold thicknesses were measured in 4634 term and preterm neonates. Sex and weight/length ratio were important determinants of the amount and distribution of the subcutaneous fat store at birth. Gestational age, weight, length, and other ponderal indices did not explain subcutaneous fat variability.


  • Competing interests: none declared