TREATMENT HIGHLIGHTSCOURSE OF OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY IN CHILDHOODChildren who are overweight or obese during part or all of the preschool or elementary school period are found to be at increased risk for being overweight or obese at age 12.This study was designed to “assist clinicians by estimating the predictive value of earlier levels of BMI [body mass index1] status on later risk of overweight and obesity during the middle childhood and early adolescent years.” In a longitudinal study, growth data were collected on 1042 healthy children from 10 different locations. Height and weight of participants were measured at the following 7 time points: 2, 3, and 4½ years of age (preschool period), and 7, 9, 11, and 12 years of age (elementary school period). Children were classified as overweight if their BMI was at the 85th percentile or above. The criterion for obesity was BMI at the 95th percentile or above. Data on all 7 time points
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