Journal article

Childhood Health Motivation and Adult Cardiometabolic Health in the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) Study

Seana L Gall, Natalie Schuez, Benjamin Schuez, Kara Martin, Joan Abbott-Chapman, Nadia Ollington, George C Patton, Terence Dwyer, Alison J Venn



OBJECTIVE: This research examined if childhood health motivation was associated with adult health behaviors and objectively measured health outcomes. METHOD: Data were from the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health study. Children aged 9 to 15 years in 1985 completed a questionnaire with health motivation items. In 2004-2006, when aged 26 to 36, participants completed assessments of health behaviors (smoking, diet, alcohol consumption, and physical activity) and cardiometabolic outcomes (body mass index, carotid intima-media thickness from ultrasound, and HOMA insulin resistance from fasting blood samples). Structural path regression analyses examined pathways from health motivation in chil..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Awarded by National Heart Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (Project Grant 211316, Senior Research Fellowship to Alison J. Venn), the National Heart Foundation (Project Grant GOOH 0578, Fellowships PH 11H 6047 and FLF 100446 to Seana L. Gall), the Tasmanian Community Fund, the Financial Markets Foundation for Children, and Australian Rotary Health. These supporters had no role in the study design, conduct, analysis or reporting of results. The authors have no conflicts to declare. The CDAH study project manager Marita Dalton is gratefully acknowledged. The investigators acknowledge the study sponsors for their assistance including Target, Veolia Environment Services, Asics, and Sanitarium, who provided in-kind support for the conduct of the study clinics. The sponsors had no role in the study design, conduct, analysis, or reporting of results.