Measured parental weight status and familial socio-economic status correlates with childhood overweight and obesity at age 9

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dc.contributor.author Keane, Eimear
dc.contributor.author Layte, Richard
dc.contributor.author Harrington, Janas M.
dc.contributor.author Kearney, Patricia M.
dc.contributor.author Perry, Ivan J.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-12T14:33:13Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-12T14:33:13Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-17
dc.identifier.citation Keane E., Layte R., Harrington J. M., Kearney P. M. and Perry I.J., (2012) 'Measured parental weight status and familial socio-economic status correlates with childhood overweight and obesity at age 9'. Plos One, 7(8): e43503. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0043503 en
dc.identifier.volume 7 en
dc.identifier.issued 8 en
dc.identifier.startpage e43503 (1) en
dc.identifier.endpage e43503 (9) en
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2859
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0043503
dc.description.abstract Background: Parental obesity is a predominant risk factor for childhood obesity. Family factors including socio-economic status (SES) play a role in determining parent weight. It is essential to unpick how shared family factors impact on child weight. This study aims to investigate the association between measured parent weight status, familial socio-economic factors and the risk of childhood obesity at age 9. Methodology/Principal Findings: Cross sectional analysis of the first wave (2008) of the Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) study. GUI is a nationally representative study of 9-year-old children (N = 8,568). Schools were selected from the national total (response rate 82%) and age eligible children (response rate 57%) were invited to participate. Children and their parents had height and weight measurements taken using standard methods. Data were reweighted to account for the sampling design. Childhood overweight and obesity prevalence were calculated using International Obesity Taskforce definitions. Multinomial logistic regression examined the association between parent weight status, indicators of SES and child weight. Overall, 25% of children were either overweight (19.3%) or obese (6.6%). Parental obesity was a significant predictor of child obesity. Of children with normal weight parents, 14.4% were overweight or obese whereas 46.2% of children with obese parents were overweight or obese. Maternal education and household class were more consistently associated with a child being in a higher body mass index category than household income. Adjusted regression indicated that female gender, one parent family type, lower maternal education, lower household class and a heavier parent weight status significantly increased the odds of childhood obesity. Conclusions/Significance: Parental weight appears to be the most influential factor driving the childhood obesity epidemic in Ireland and is an independent predictor of child obesity across SES groups. Due to the high prevalence of obesity in parents and children, population based interventions are required. en
dc.description.sponsorship National Children’s Research Centre, Ireland en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en
dc.rights © 2012 Keane et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.subject Childhood obesity en
dc.subject Obesity en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Body mass index en
dc.subject Schools en
dc.subject Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) study en
dc.title Measured parental weight status and familial socio-economic status correlates with childhood overweight and obesity at age 9 en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Patricia M. Kearney, Epidemiology & Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: patricia.kearney@ucc.ie Remove selected en
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dc.date.updated 2013-11-28T14:45:06Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.rssid 162738142
dc.internal.pmid 22912886
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Plos One en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress patricia.kearney@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid e43503


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