The relationship between childhood obesity and kindergarten weight strong indicator
According to a new study, childhood obesity could be caused by kindergarten. The study was released by researchers from Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. The study proves that overweight kindergartens are more likely to develop childhood obesity by 8th grade. The team of researchers were led by Solveig A. Cunningham, PhD, assistant professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health who examined data about children between 1998 and 1999.
“Although trends in the prevalence of obesity are well documented, there is surprisingly little known about new cases of childhood obesity”, explains Cunningham. “Examining incidence may provide insight into the nature of the epidemic, the critically vulnerable ages, and the groups who are at greater risk for obesity”.
The team of researchers consider that indicators before birth and in the first five years in children are important, in order to establish which of them is predisposed to childhood obesity and who isn`t.