Magnetic resonance imaging of abdominal adiposity in a large cohort of British children

LL Benfield, KR Fox, DM Peters, HM Blake, IS Rogers, C Grant, A Ness

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Abstract

Objective: To describe abdominal adipose tissue distribution in a large sample of contemporary British children; to determine the influence of gender, stage of maturation and body mass index (BMI) on abdominal adipose tissue distribution; and to compare the ability of BMI and waist circumference to predict abdominal adipose tissue. Subjects and methods: A total of 74 boys (mean age 13.4plusminus0.4 years) and 96 girls (mean age 13.5plusminus0.5 years) were selected from volunteer children enrolled in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). Height, weight and waist circumference were measured and BMI calculated. Stage of sexual maturation was available for 113 children using a self-report questionnaire based on Tanner's criteria. Magnetic resonance imaging was used to assess subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue (SAAT) and intra-abdominal adipose tissue (IAAT) volumes and patterning. Results: Boys had lower levels of IAAT (P=0.036) and SAAT (P=0.003) than girls. IAAT and SAAT were higher in overweight and obese boys and girls when compared with normal weight children (P
Translated title of the contributionMagnetic resonance imaging of abdominal adiposity in a large cohort of British children
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91 - 99
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Obesity
Volume32 (1)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

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Publisher: Nature Publishing Group

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