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Parents' views sought on childhood obesity risk
Date:12/5/2011

A new website has been launched to help raise awareness of work being done in the East Midlands region of the UK to tackle childhood obesity and to seek the views of parents and healthcare professionals.

It follows a study investigating the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity, led by a team of researchers led by academics at The University of Nottingham. One-quarter of babies gain weight more rapidly than they should during the first four months of their lives and this has been linked to a greater risk of them developing childhood obesity.

Sarah Redsell, Principal Research Fellow in The University of Nottingham's School of Nursing and Midwifery and a Registered Health Visitor, said: "We are keen to hear parents' opinions about whether or not healthcare professionals should be trying to prevent childhood obesity by identifying babies who may be at risk."

The Early Prediction and Prevention of Obesity during Childhood (EPPOC) research project explored local parents' and healthcare professionals' views about identifying babies under the age of one who are at risk of being obese in childhood and what could be done to address the problem.

The research team ran focus groups across Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire during which they spoke to 38 parents about their babies size, growth and feeding. The sessions revealed that some parents had concerns over whether breast milk was sufficient for some babies' contentment and growth and were confused over when to start weaning their child. There were some parents who believed larger or chubbier babies were more desirable. Some parents believed that crying almost always indicated hunger and did not consider alternative explanations for their babies' distress. In addition, parents seemed uncertain about whether and how healthcare professionals should act on the early signs that babies could be at risk of becoming obese as children.

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Contact: Emma Thorne
emma.thorne@nottingham.ac.uk
44-011-595-15793
University of Nottingham
Source:Eurekalert

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