Journal article

Body composition: population epidemiology and concordance in Australian children aged 11-12 years and their parents

Susan A Clifford, Alanna N Gillespie, Timothy Olds, Anneke C Grobler, Melissa Wake

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Overweight and obesity remain at historically high levels, cluster within families and are established risk factors for multiple diseases. We describe the epidemiology and cross-generational concordance of body composition among Australian children aged 11-12 years and their parents. DESIGN: The population-based cross-sectional Child Health CheckPoint study, nested within the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). SETTING: Assessment centres in seven major Australian cities and eight regional cities, or home visits; February 2015-March 2016. PARTICIPANTS: Of all participating CheckPoint families (n=1874), body composition data were available for 1872 children (49% girl..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia


Awarded by Royal Children's Hospital Foundation


Awarded by National Heart Foundation of Australia


Awarded by Financial Markets Foundation for Children


Awarded by NHMRC


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia (Project Grants 1041352, 1109355), The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation (2014-241), the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), The University of Melbourne, the National Heart Foundation of Australia (100660) and the Financial Markets Foundation for Children (2014055, 2016-310). MW was supported by the NHMRC (Senior Research Fellowship 1046518) and Cure Kids New Zealand. The MCRI administered the research grants for the study and provided infrastructural support (IT and biospecimen management) to its staff and the study, but played no role in the conduct or analysis of the trial. The Department of Social Services played a role in study design; however, no other funding bodies had a role in the study design and conduct; data collection, management, analysis and interpretation; preparation, review or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication. Research at the MCRI is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.