Insights From Body Composition Studies

Publish Date: 2011
Author(s): David Fields, PhD


In females of childbearing potential, the prevalence of obesity is approaching 30% and appears to be trending upwards. This rise in the percentage of overweight/obese pregnant mothers is worrisome given the negative long-term health consequences incurred by their offspring. Dr Fields describes the current state of the literature linking maternal obesity and offspring body composition early in life and reviews whole body composition techniques used in pediatric populations that allow accurate, quick, and reliable estimates of whole body composition in infants as young as 5 days old. These techniques provide the opportunity to study the link between maternal BMI and offspring body composition early in life, which could yield valuable insights into innovative strategies for obesity and diabetes prevention programs.
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David Fields, Phd

University of Oklahoma, Department of Pediatrics, USA
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