Journal article

The importance of early life in childhood obesity and related diseases: a report from the 2014 Gravida Strategic Summit

EC Macaulay, EL Donovan, MP Leask, FH Bloomfield, MH Vickers, PK Dearden, PN Baker

JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL ORIGINS OF HEALTH AND DISEASE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2014

Abstract

Obesity and its related non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, impose huge burdens on society, particularly the healthcare system. Until recently, public health and policy were primarily focused on secondary prevention and treatment of NCDs. However, epidemiological and experimental evidence indicates that early-life exposures influence the risk of childhood obesity and related diseases later in life, and has now focused attention on the health of both mother and child. During pregnancy and the early neonatal period, individuals respond to their environment by establishing anatomical, physiological and biochemical trajectories that shape their fu..

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