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Birth weight and prepubertal body size predict menarcheal age in India, Peru, and Vietnam

Menarcheal age is an important marker of health and social trajectories, and early menarche is associated with lower adult height and higher body mass index (BMI), a range of diseases, and negative socioeconomic outcomes for women and their offspring. This paper analyzes the associations between birth weight and childhood nutrition status and early menarche among women in India, Peru, and Vietnam, finding that lower birth weight and higher height and BMI at age 8 predict early menarche in these populations.

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