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Obesity in childhood: a secular trend or an epidemic disease?
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PMID:  23242810     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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The concern about obesity in children has increased worldwide. The question arises, whether this trend to obesity already starts during the prenatal period and to what extent the increase of weight is related to a secular trend in height.For neonatal data, three studies, performed in The Netherlands, with neonatal data of birth weights were compared. For postnatal data, weight, height and body mass index (BMI) of two nationwide studies, performed in the Netherlands, were analyzed.No differences between birth weights were found between 1970 and 2007. In postnatal data a trend of increasing weight and BMI in both boys and girls starts from five years onwards. The secular trend in height starts from the age of two and a half years onward in both boys and girls. The increase in weight is more pronounced than the increase in height.No prenatal secular trend could be detected in The Netherlands. Postnatal, the secular trend is obvious for weight, height and BMI. The increase in skewness of the weight distribution may be ascribed to a metabolic disturbance of the population.
Authors:
Manon Ab Ernst; Willem Jm Gerver; Michelle Yg Simons; M Wj Jansen; Mark Ahbm van der Hoeven; Luc Ji Zimmermann
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of child health care : for professionals working with children in the hospital and community     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1741-2889     ISO Abbreviation:  J Child Health Care     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9806360     Medline TA:  J Child Health Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Regional Public Health Service, South Limburg, The Netherlands.
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