Predicted Probability of Childhood Obesity for Babies

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To estimate the risk of later obesity in newborns (as a first step towards focused early prevention against the global obesity epidemic) this paper analyzed the lifetime Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986 (NFBC1986) (N = 4,032) to draw predictive equations for childhood and adolescent obesity from traditional risk factors (parental BMI, birth weight, maternal gestational weight gain, behaviour and social indicators). Validation analyses were done in a retrospective cohort of 1,503 Italian children and in a prospective cohort of 1,032 U.S. children. The study provides the first example of handy tools for predicting childhood obesity in newborns.

(State: 18.06.2013)

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