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Childhood predictors of adult obesity in the Chicago Longitudinal Study.

Authors
  • Eales, Lauren1
  • Reynolds, Arthur J2
  • Ou, Suh-Ruu3
  • 1 Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, United States of America. Electronic address: [email protected] , (United States)
  • 2 Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, United States of America. Electronic address: [email protected] , (United States)
  • 3 Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, United States of America. Electronic address: [email protected] , (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Preventive Medicine
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2020
Volume
132
Pages
105993–105993
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.105993
PMID: 31954140
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Despite obesity being a major concern for both children and adults in the United States today, there are few successful childhood interventions that curb obesity later in life. The objective of the current study is to identify childhood predictors of adult obesity at multiple levels in a large longitudinal sample of participants from an economically disadvantaged childhood cohort. 1065 participants (93% Black) from the Chicago Longitudinal Study were interviewed as part of a 30-year follow-up between 2012 and 2017. Parent involvement, school quality, neighborhood human capital, socioemotional learning skills, and achievement motivation assessed before age 12 years were examined as predictors of Body Mass Index (BMI) at age 35 years. Child neighborhood human capital and socioemotional learning skills predicted a lower BMI in adulthood and a decreased likelihood of being classified as obese; when separately analyzed by sex, both neighborhood human capital and higher socioemotional learning skills predicted a decreased likelihood of obesity for males and females. Being female and higher birthweight were associated with larger adult BMI. Socioemotional learning and neighborhood human capital in childhood consistently predict a decreased likelihood of being obese at age 35 in this predominately Black sample. Future obesity intervention/prevention programs should aim to bolster childhood socioemotional learning resources and neighborhood capital. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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