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Incidence of obesity during childhood and adolescence in a large contemporary cohort

Hughes, Adrienne R and Sherriff, Andrea and Lawlor, Debbie A and Ness, Andrew R and Reilly, John J (2011) Incidence of obesity during childhood and adolescence in a large contemporary cohort. Preventive Medicine, 52 (5). pp. 300-304.

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Abstract

Timing of obesity development during childhood and adolescence is unclear, hindering preventive strategies. The primary aim of the present study was to quantify the incidence of overweight and obesity throughout childhood and adolescence in a large contemporary cohort of English children (the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, ALSPAC; children born 1991-1992). A secondary aim was to examine the persistence of overweight and obesity.