It is well established that weight loss and underweight are a common manifestation of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease at diagnosis. But, the prevalence of undernutrition varies in the reports according to method used for evaluation of nutritional status, disease type, and time.
Indian babies are thought to have relatively more fat mass for a given body size compared to other ethnicities, but we do not know whether this extra accretion begins during foetal life (appearing at birth), or occurs during postnatal life, particularly when catch-up growth occurs in small babies.
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