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Childhood obesity: how long should we wait to predict weight?

Authors
  • Butler, Éadaoin M.
  • Derraik, José G.B.
  • Taylor, Rachael W.
  • Cutfield, Wayne S.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Publisher
Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Publication Date
Apr 18, 2018
Volume
31
Issue
5
Pages
497–501
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/jpem-2018-0110
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Obesity is highly prevalent in children under the age of 5 years, although its identification in infants under 2 years remains difficult. Several clinical prediction models have been developed for obesity risk in early childhood, using a number of different predictors. The predictive capacity (sensitivity and specificity) of these models varies greatly, and there is no agreed risk threshold for the prediction of early childhood obesity. Of the existing models, only two have been practically utilized, but neither have been particularly successful. This commentary suggests how future research may successfully utilize existing early childhood obesity prediction models for intervention. We also consider the need for such models, and how targeted obesity intervention may be more effective than population-based intervention.

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