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Study reveals childhood factors which contribute to adult obesity

Friday, 23 March 2018

Childhood predictors of becoming overweight or obese as adults in New Zealand include being male, born into a single-parent family, having parents with larger body size, and limited or no breastfeeding, new University of Otago research reveals.

'Childhood predictors of adult adiposity: findings from a longitudinal study' is based on findings from 980 participants in the Christchurch Health and Development Study, a longitudinal study of 1265 children born in Christchurch during 1977. These people have been studied regularly since birth to age 35 using a combination of interviews with parents and participants, standardised testing, teacher reports and official record data. Read more about the research here.