Table 2

Comparison of body composition between male and female infants across the weight-for-length spectrum at birth

Growth category%Fat mass%Fat-free mass
MaleFemaleMaleFemale
<3 centile6.5±2.3 (n=10)4.9±1.6 (n=4)93.5±2.3 (n=10)95.1±1.6 (n=4)
Normal9.6±3.3 (n=129)11.4±4.0 (n=155)90.4±3.3 (n=129)88.6±4.0 (n=155)
>97 centile14.3±4.8 (n=8)17.1±0.8 (n=3)85.7±4.8 (n=8)82.9±0.8 (n=3)