Nutrition during the first 1000 days, which includes the period from conception to the postweaning period at 2 years of age not only influences growth and cognitive development but is also important for the development of NCDs later in life.
Studies have shown that children who had been overweight at ages 24, 36, or 54 months were
more than 5 times as likely to be overweight at 12 years of age than non overweight children at
all three of these ages.
Growth charts are vital tools to assess the growth and the well-being of children. Multiple growth
charts have been devised in many of the Middle East countries including Iran, UAE and Saudi
Information on the health and growth status of the population is essential for planning and
administering health prevention programs.