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Vol. 55, Suppl. 1, 2001
Issue release date: 2001
Section title: Paper
Horm Res 2001;55(suppl 1):42–45
(DOI:10.1159/000063462)

Long-Term Effects of Childhood Obesity on Morbidity and Mortality

Maffeis C. · Tatò L.
Department of Pediatrics, University of Verona, Italy

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Abstract of Paper

Published online: 11/17/2004
Issue release date: 2001

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1663-2818 (Print)
eISSN: 1663-2826 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/HRP

Abstract

Obesity tracks from childhood into adulthood, and the persistence of obesity rises with age among obese children. Early onset obesity was suggested as a risk factor for morbidity and mortality later in life. In both sexes, rates of diabetes, coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, hip fracture and gout were increased in those who were overweight as adolescents. Especially in females, obesity at late adolescence was associated with several and relevant psychosocial consequences in adulthood. Finally, a higher mortality risk for all causes of death, especially atherosclerotic cerebrovascular disease and colorectal cancer, was demonstrated in males but not in females who were overweight during high school years. Although the persistence of excess adiposity from childhood to adulthood is a morbidity risk factor, it is not known if total body fat or body fat distribution is the main factor responsible. In particular, a specific role for the intra-abdominal adipose tissue (IAAT) in childhood, independently from that of total body fat, on morbidity risk in adulthood was not demonstrated yet. The association between childhood obesity and adult morbidity and mortality strongly suggests that a more effective prevention and treatment of childhood obesity should be pursued.

© 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel


  

Author Contacts

C. Maffeis, MD
Department of Pediatrics, University of Verona, Polyclinic
I–37134 Verona (Italy)
Tel. +39 045 8074371 (8074469), Fax +39 045 8200993
E-Mail maffeis@borgoroma.univr.it

  

Article Information

Number of Print Pages : 4
Number of Figures : 1, Number of Tables : 0, Number of References : 41

  

Publication Details

Hormone Research (International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology)
Founded 1970 as ‘Hormones’ by M. Marois, Continued 1976 by J. Girard (1976–1995)
Official Organ of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology

Vol. 55, No. Suppl. 1, Year 2001 (Cover Date: 2001)

Journal Editor: M.B. Ranke, Tübingen
ISSN: 0301–0163 (print), 1423–0046 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/journals/hre


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Paper

Published online: 11/17/2004
Issue release date: 2001

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1663-2818 (Print)
eISSN: 1663-2826 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/HRP


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