The social patterning of fat and lean mass in a contemporary cohort of children

A Ness, SD Leary, J Reilly, J Wells, J Tobias, EM Clark, G Davey Smith, Team the ALSPAC Study

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Abstract

Studies of the social patterning of obesity in children using body mass index have reported inconsistent results. We explored the association of social class with fat mass and lean mass in a contemporary cohort of children measured using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. We observed a clear social gradient of fat mass (with children of higher social class having a lower fat mass), but no gradient in lean mass or trunk fat mass. Our data show that inequalities in adiposity are present in primary school children and suggest that social inequalities in childhood obesity may have been underestimated in previous studies.
Translated title of the contributionThe social patterning of fat and lean mass in a contemporary cohort of children
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59 - 61
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Obesity
Volume1 (1)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

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Publisher: Taylor and Francis

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