Journal article

How body composition influences hearing status by mid-childhood and mid-life: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

Jing Wang, Valerie Sung, Kate Lycett, Peter Carew, Richard S Liu, Anneke Grobler, Stephen R Zubrick, Tim Olds, Melissa Wake

International Journal of Obesity | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Hearing loss is a disabling condition whose prevalence rises with age. Obesity-a risk factor common to many non-communicable diseases-now appears to be implicated. We aimed to determine: (1) cross-sectional associations of body composition measures with hearing in mid-childhood and mid-life and (2) its longitudinal associations with 10-year body mass index (BMI) trajectories. METHODS: Design & Participants: There were 1481 11-12-year-old children and 1266 mothers in the population-based cross-sectional CheckPoint study nested within the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). Anthropometry (CheckPoint): BMI, fat/fat-free mass indices, waist-to-height ratio; LSAC wave 2-..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by Royal Children's Hospital Foundation


Awarded by National Heart Foundation of Australia


Awarded by Financial Markets Foundation for Children


Awarded by NHMRC


Awarded by National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grants 1041352 and 1109355, The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation (2014-241), the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, the University of Melbourne, the National Heart Foundation of Australia (100660), Financial Markets Foundation for Children (2014-055, 2016-310) and the Victorian Deaf Education Institute. The funding bodies did not play any role in the study. The following authors were supported by the NHMRC: V.S. (Early Career Fellowship 1125687), K.L. (Early Career Fellowship APP1091124), P.C. (Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language 1023493), R.L. (Postgraduate Scholarship 1114567) and M.W. (Senior Research Fellowship 1046518) in this work. V.S. was additionally supported by the Cottrell Research Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, K.L. by the National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (101239) and M.W. by Cure Kids, New Zealand.