A review of the relationship between socioeconomic position and the early-life predictors of obesity

Cameron, Adrian J., Spence, Alison C., Laws, Rachel, Hesketh, Kylie D., Lioret, Sandrine and Campbell, Karen J. 2015, A review of the relationship between socioeconomic position and the early-life predictors of obesity, Current obesity reports, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 350-362, doi: 10.1007/s13679-015-0168-5.

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Title A review of the relationship between socioeconomic position and the early-life predictors of obesity
Author(s) Cameron, Adrian J.ORCID iD for Cameron, Adrian J. orcid.org/0000-0002-0568-5497
Spence, Alison C.ORCID iD for Spence, Alison C. orcid.org/0000-0001-9029-1718
Laws, RachelORCID iD for Laws, Rachel orcid.org/0000-0003-4328-1116
Hesketh, Kylie D.ORCID iD for Hesketh, Kylie D. orcid.org/0000-0002-2702-7110
Lioret, Sandrine
Campbell, Karen J.ORCID iD for Campbell, Karen J. orcid.org/0000-0002-4499-3396
Journal name Current obesity reports
Volume number 4
Issue number 3
Start page 350
End page 362
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 2162-4968
Keyword(s) Infant
Physical activity
Socioeconomic position
Summary A range of important early-life predictors of later obesity have been identified. Children of lower socioeconomic position (SEP) have a steeper weight gain trajectory from birth with a strong socioeconomic gradient in child and adult obesity prevalence. An assessment of the association between SEP and the early-life predictors of obesity has been lacking. The review involved a two-stage process: Part 1, using previously published systematic reviews, we developed a list of the potentially modifiable determinants of obesity observable in the pre-natal, peri-natal or post-natal (pre-school) periods; and part 2, conducting a literature review of evidence for socioeconomic patterning in the determinants identified in part 1. Strong evidence was found for an inverse relationship between SEP and (1) pre-natal risk factors (pre-pregnancy maternal body mass index (BMI), diabetes and pre-pregnancy diet), (2) antenatal/peri natal risk factors (smoking during pregnancy and low birth weight) and (3) early-life nutrition (including breastfeeding initiation and duration, early introduction of solids, maternal and infant diet quality, and some aspects of the home food environment), and television viewing in young children. Less strong evidence (because of a lack of studies for some factors) was found for paternal BMI, maternal weight gain during pregnancy, child sleep duration, high birth weight and lack of physical activity in young children. A strong socioeconomic gradient exists for the majority of the early-life predictors of obesity suggesting that the die is cast very early in life (even pre-conception). Lifestyle interventions targeting disadvantaged women at or before child-bearing age may therefore be particularly important in reducing inequality. Given the likely challenges of reaching this target population, it may be that during pregnancy and their child's early years are more feasible windows for engagement.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s13679-015-0168-5
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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