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High birth weights in prewar Faroe Islands
  1. S F Olsen,
  2. D N Beck,
  3. R Kollslíđ,
  4. R W Rasmussen
  1. Maternal Nutrition Group, Danish Epidemiology Science Centre, Statens Serum Institut, 5 Artillerivej, DK-2300 Copenhagen, Denmark
  1. Dr Olsen (sfo{at}

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Birth weights in the Faroe Islands are among the highest in the world.1 During the 1980s, infants born there had 200 grams higher mean birth weight than their Danish peers.1 Half of this difference could be attributed to a longer gestation (four days on average), half to a higher fetal growth rate.2 A high intake of seafood has been suggested to be a possible cause of this pattern.2 The findings of four days longer mean gestation and 100 grams higher mean birth weight in Danish women who received fish oil during pregnancy only partially corroborated this hypothesis,3 as no …

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