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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(4), 1227-1262; doi:10.3390/ijerph9041227
Meeting Report

Early Origins of Child Obesity: Bridging Disciplines and Phases of Development - September 30–October 1, 2010

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Received: 27 October 2011; Accepted: 26 March 2012 / Published: 16 April 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Childhood Obesity: Prevention and Treatment)
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Abstract: This report summarizes a conference: “Early Origins of Child Obesity: Bridging Disciplines and Phases of Development”, held in Chicago on September 30–October 1, 2010. The conference was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the Williams Heart Foundation, to achieve the conference objective: forging a next-step research agenda related to the early origins of childhood obesity. This research agenda was to include working with an array of factors (from genetic determinants to societal ones) along a continuum from prenatal life to age 7, with an emphasis on how the developing child deals with the challenges presented by his/her environment (prenatal, parental, nutritional, etc.). The conference offered a unique opportunity to facilitate communication and planning of future work among a variety of researchers whose work separately addresses different periods in early life. Over the span of two days, speakers addressed existing, critical research topics within each of the most-studied age ranges. On the final day, workshops fostered the discussion needed to identify the highest priority research topics related to linking varied early factor domains. These are presented for use in planning future research and research funding.
Keywords: child obesity; critical periods; early childhood child obesity; critical periods; early childhood
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Christoffel, K.K.; Wang, X.; Binns, H.J. Early Origins of Child Obesity: Bridging Disciplines and Phases of Development - September 30–October 1, 2010. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 1227-1262.

AMA Style

Christoffel KK, Wang X, Binns HJ. Early Origins of Child Obesity: Bridging Disciplines and Phases of Development - September 30–October 1, 2010. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2012; 9(4):1227-1262.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Christoffel, Katherine Kaufer; Wang, Xiaobin; Binns, Helen J. 2012. "Early Origins of Child Obesity: Bridging Disciplines and Phases of Development - September 30–October 1, 2010." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 9, no. 4: 1227-1262.



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