Saturday, 1 December 2012


The University of Oulu (Findland) has developed The Northen Findland Birth Cohort Studies”. Thanks to this research (4,032 children), and two more studies; one in Italy with 1,503 children and another in U.S.A. with 1,032 children; parents are being offered a way to predict the chances of their newborn baby to become obese.

The online prediction is based on the following factors: the maternal BMI (Body Mass Index), the paternal BMI, the number of household member, the maternal professional category, the baby’s birth weight (kg) and if the mother smoked during pregnancy.
Researchers hope the formula will help to identify infants at high risk of obesity, and assist families with dietician and psychology services.

If you are interested in reading the whole paper: Estimation of newborn risk for child or adolescent obesity: lessons from longitudinal birth cohorts published in the Public Library of Sciences ONE (PLoS ONE) just click here. If you would like to download the paper in a pdf document, click here. Finally, if you want to have the Test Calculator in an Excel file, click here.

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