Pathways into and out of overweight and obesity from infancy to mid-childhood

Wright, C.M. , Marryat, L., McColl, J. , Harjunmaa, U. and Cole, T.J. (2018) Pathways into and out of overweight and obesity from infancy to mid-childhood. Pediatric Obesity, 13(10), pp. 621-627. (doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12427) (PMID:29998577) (PMCID:PMC6220864)

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Objectives: To investigate whether high weight in infancy predicts obesity in childhood. Method: Data from two UK cohorts (Newcastle Growth and Development N = 795, Gateshead Millennium N = 393) and one Finnish (Tampere N = 1262) were combined. Z scores of weight at 3 and 12 months and body mass index (BMI) at 5 and 8 years were categorized as raised/overweight (1 to <2 SD) or high/obese (≥2 SD). Results: The majority of infants with raised or high weight at birth tended to revert to normal by 3 months and to track in the same category from 3 to 12 months. Although infants with high weight were five times more likely to have BMI ≥ 2 SD at 8 years (p < 0.001), only 22% went on to have BMI ≥ 2 SD, while 64% of infants with raised weight had normal BMI at 8 years. Of children with BMI ≥ 2 SD aged 8 years, only 22% had raised weight in infancy and half had BMI ≥ 2 SD for the first time at that age. Conclusions: Infants with raised weight in infancy tend to remain so, but most children who go on to have BMI ≥ 2 SD were not unusually heavy infants and the majority of infants with high weight reverted to overweight or normal weight in childhood.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wright, Professor Charlotte and McColl, Professor John
Authors: Wright, C.M., Marryat, L., McColl, J., Harjunmaa, U., and Cole, T.J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Statistics
Journal Name:Pediatric Obesity
ISSN (Online):2047-6302
Published Online:11 July 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Pediatric Obesity 13(10):621-627
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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603761The Scottish eHealth Informatics Research Centre (E-HIRCs)Jill PellMedical Research Council (MRC)MR/K007017/1IHW - PUBLIC HEALTH