Childhood obesity and socioeconomic status: a novel role for height growth limitation

J. E. Cecil, P. Watt, I. S. Murry, W. Wrieden, D. J. Wallis, Marion Hetherington, C. Bolton-Smith, C. N. Palmer

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Obesity is a global health problem at epidemic proportions. Historically, the UK has lagged behind the US and Canada in the prevalence of obesity and overweight, although recent surveys have shown that the UK is starting to show increases in rates of overweight and obesity, both in the adult population and in children. Recent work has shown a corresponding increase in dyslipidaemia and insulin resistance in schoolchildren and the potential for future morbidity in the form of an increased number of individuals with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Here we confirm both the continued increase in childhood obesity in Scotland, its relationship to poverty, and provide a novel analysis of the role of height limitation in obesity

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Obesity
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2005


  • socioeconomic status
  • height
  • childhood obesity
  • growth


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