Genetic and early life determinants of childhood obesity
Dr Prabha Andraweera
The University of Adelaide
25% of South Australian 4 year olds are obese. Obesity places a child at increased risk of childhood morbidity and a variety of adult onset diseases. Genetic factors and intrauterine life contribute to risk of childhood obesity. We will use the detailed demographic, clinical, lifestyle, and genetic data from the SCOPE study to identify antenatal determinants of obesity in the children at age 10. This study will provide novel insights into early origins of obesity that may lead to early life interventions to prevent childhood obesity.