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BMI trajectories associated with resolution of elevated youth BMI and incident adult obesity
Methods: Bayesian hierarchical piecewise regression modeling was used to analyze the BMI trajectories of 2717 young adults who had up to 8 measures of BMI from childhood (ages 3-18 years) to adulthood (ages 34-49 years).
Results: Compared with those with persistently high BMI, those who resolved their high youth BMI by adulthood had lower average BMI at age 6 years and slower rates of BMI change from young childhood. In addition, their BMI levels started to plateau at 16 years old for females and 21 years old for males, whereas the BMI of those whose high BMI persisted did not stabilize until 25 years old for male subjects and 27 years for female subjects. Compared with those youth who were not overweight or obese and who remained nonobese in adulthood, those who developed obesity had a higher BMI rate of change from 6 years old, and their BMI continued to increase linearly until age 30 years.
Conclusions: Efforts to alter BMI trajectories for adult obesity should ideally commence before age 6 years. The natural resolution of high BMI starts in adolescence for males and early adulthood for females, suggesting a critical window for secondary prevention.
National Health & Medical Research Council
Department/SchoolMenzies Institute for Medical Research
PublisherAmer Acad Pediatrics
Place of publication141 North-West Point Blvd,, Elk Grove Village, USA, Il, 60007-1098
Rights statementCopyright 2018 by the American Academy of Pediatrics