Journal article

Characterisation of morbidity in a UK, hospital based, obesity clinic

MA Sabin, AL Ford, JMP Holly, LP Hunt, EC Crowne, JPH Shield

ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2006

Abstract

AIM: To identify clinical features which predict those most at risk of co-morbidities within an obesity clinic. METHODS: Children attending an obesity clinic had fasting glucose, insulin, and lipids measured prior to a standard oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). History and examination established birth weight, family history of type 2 diabetes/obesity, pubertal status, and presence of acanthosis nigricans. Central and total fat mass was estimated by bio-impedance. RESULTS: Of the 126 children evaluated, 10.3% (n = 13) had impaired glucose tolerance (IGT); the majority (n = 11) of these would not have been identified on fasting glucose alone. Those with IGT were more likely to have a parent..

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