Rapid postnatal weight gain is associated with risk of overweight and obesity, but it’s unclear whether this holds in populations exposed to concurrent obesogenic risk factors and for children who have been extensively breastfed. This study investigates whether an increase in weight for age from birth to 1 year (infancy) and from 1 to 5 years (early childhood) predicts overweight and obesity, and waist circumference at 8 years, using data from a longitudinal cohort study in Peru.
This study uses data from Young Lives, an international study of childhood poverty, following the lives of 12,000 children in 4 countries (Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam) over 15 years. Young Lives is funded by the UK Department for International Development.
Penny, Mary, M. Michelle Jimenez and R. Margot Marin (2016) ‘Early rapid weight gain and subsequent overweight and obesity in middle childhood in Peru’ in: BMC Obesity BMC series – open, inclusive and trusted 3:55, DOI: 10.1186/s40608-016-0135-z
Early rapid weight gain and subsequent overweight and obesity in middle childhood in Peru
Published 1 December 2016