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Dads dictate height while mums pass on their weight

Scientists now believe that a baby's height is derived from their father's genes, whilst their weight is derived from their mothers.

Researchers at Royal Devon and Exeter hospital stressed that the findings were still very much a work in progress, but the early indications seemed to indicate that parents pass on specific gene plans to their offspring.

Children from 1,000 families had their height and weight measured at birth, then at three-months- old and finally at one-year-old. Other measurements, such as the head circumference were also taken.

"Obviously one of the biggest influences on a baby's growth is the size of the mother, but we have confirmed that a father's height also has a direct impact on their baby's growth, with taller dads having longer and heavier babies," said Dr Beatrice Knight, midwife at the hospital and one of the lead researchers.

A spokesman for the hospital told the Evening Standard: "It is important to acknowledge that there are genetic as well as environmental factors so that we can understand more about babies' growth."
18th November 2006, 17:16
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