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Predicting overweight and obesity in young adulthood from childhood body-mass index: comparison of cutoffs derived from longitudinal and cross-sectional data

Noora Kartiosuo, Rema Ramakrishnan, Stanley Lemeshow, Markus Juonala, Trudy L Burns, Jessica G Woo, David R Jacobs Jr, Stephen R Daniels, Alison Venn, Julia Steinberger, Elaine M Urbina, Lydia Bazzano, Matthew A Sabin, Tan Hu, Ronald J Prineas, Alan R Sinaiko, Katja Pahkala, Olt Raitakari, Terence Dwyer

The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Historically, cutoff points for childhood and adolescent overweight and obesity have been based on population-specific percentiles derived from cross-sectional data. To obtain cutoff points that might better predict overweight and obesity in young adulthood, we examined the association between childhood body-mass index (BMI) and young adulthood BMI status in a longitudinal cohort. METHODS: In this study, we used data from the International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort (i3C) Consortium (which included seven childhood cohorts from the USA, Australia, and Finland) to establish childhood overweight and obesity cutoff points that best predict BMI status at the age of 18 years. We i..

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