Early causes of child obesity and implications for prevention.

TítuloEarly causes of child obesity and implications for prevention.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsCole TJ
JournalActa Paediatr
Date Published2007 Apr
Palavras-chaveAppetite, Appetite Regulation, Breast Feeding, Humans, Infant, Obesity, Satiety Response, Weight Gain

Child obesity is becoming a serious public health concern, and major research effort is being devoted both to understand its aetiology and to improve the effectiveness of prevention strategies. Early growth patterns, both prenatally and postnatally, are emerging as important markers of later obesity risk, with rapid neonatal weight gain a clear risk factor for later obesity and metabolic syndrome. Thus, in two distinct senses child obesity is a growing problem. The paper summarises current evidence on growth pattern and obesity, relating it to infant feeding practice and appetite regulation, and highlights the areas in which public health interventions are feasible. Of the conclusions drawn, one involves a futuristic solution to child obesity where neonates are given an infusion of the hormone leptin to reset their appetite regulation.

Alternate JournalActa Paediatr.
Citation Key11
PubMed ID17313407
Grant ListG9827821 / / Medical Research Council / United Kingdom
G9827821(62595) / / Medical Research Council / United Kingdom