According to Healio’s Endocrine Today, a specialty clinical information website, a New Zealand-based study has concluded that children with a higher genetic risk for obesity have an increased likelihood of developing chronic obesity when they become adults. The 38-year prospective study, led by Daniel W. Belsky, Ph.D., of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Gillings School of Public Health, consisted of 1,037 male and female study participants. According to the study, published in the June 2012 issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, researchers found that “genetic variation linked with obesity risk operates, in part, through accelerating growth in the early childhood years after birth. Etiological research and prevention strategies should target early childhood to address the obesity epidemic.” Read more about this study…

 

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