23rd ECOG Congress, Liverpool 2013

August 27, 2013

Source: European Childhood Obesity Group.

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Date of publication: August, 2013.

Publication type: Press release.

In a nutshell: Programme and booking details of the 23rd European Childhood Obesity Group Congress which takes place in Liverpool, UK between 13-15 November, 2013.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.


At least 900 Welsh children attend slimming classes.

August 27, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: 20th August, 2013.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: BBC News reported that at least 900 children across Wales have attended slimming clubs this year. This has prompted calls throughout the UK for a greater emphasis on teaching children about healthy eating and exercise at a younger age.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.


Waist circumference-to-height ratio predicts adiposity better than body mass index in children and adolescents

July 25, 2013

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2013, 37 (7), p. 943-46.

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Date of publication: July 2013.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study compared different methods of measuring adiposity in over 2000 children and adolescents to determine their ability to predict body adiposity. Results showed that waist-circumference-to-height-ratio (WCHt) is better than waist circumference (WC) or BMI at predicting adiposity in this group and could be a useful surrogate of body adiposity when skin folds measurements are not available.

Length of publication: 4 pages.

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Effects of promoting longer-term and exclusive breastfeeding on adiposity and insulin-like growth factor-I at age 11.5 years: a randomized trial.

March 26, 2013

Source: JAMA, 2013, 309(10), p.1005-1013
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Date of publication: 13th March, 2013.
Publication type: Research.
In a nutshell: The findings of this study suggest that whilst breast feeding is good for babies, it is unlikely to halt the obesity epidemic in children. The trial tested an intervention to encourage exclusive breast feeding of healthy singleton babies, which worked. However, the additional breast feeding, which was substantial, didn’t prevent overweight or obesity a decade later and made no discernible difference to children’s body mass index.
Length of publication: 9 pages.
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The association between recreational parks, facilities and childhood obesity: a cross-sectional study of the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health.

March 26, 2013

Source: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2013, 67 (5), p.427-431.
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Date of publication: May 2013.
Publication type: Research.
In a nutshell: This cross-sectional study examines the association between access to recreational parks and facilities and obesity. The results highlight potential health disparities in childhood obesity due to limited access to recreational facilities and parks.
Length of publication: 5 pages.
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Pharmacotherapy for childhood obesity: present and future prospects.

February 8, 2013

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2013, 37 (1), p.1-15.
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Date of publication: January, 2013.
Publication type: Review.
In a nutshell: This review summarises data on pharmacotherapy for paediatric obesity and presents information on obesity medications in development, suggesting that previously studied medications only yielded modest effects on body weight and other conditions associated with obesity.
Length of publication: 15 pages.


Is childcare “making kids chubbier”?

December 13, 2012

Source: NHS Choices

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Date of publication: 20th November, 2012.

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell: A closer look at the research behind recent headlines which suggested that children who go to nursery are more likely to be overweight than those cared for by their parents.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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