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Author(s): Oliveira, Andreia
Guillain, Blandine de lauzon
Jones, Louise
Emmett, Pauline
Moreira, Pedro
Ramos, Elisabete
Charles, Marie Aline
Lopes, Carla
Title: Birth Weight and Eating Behaviors of Young Children
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: Objective To evaluate the relationships prospectively between birth weight (standardized for gestational age) and problematic eating behaviors, as reported by the parents, at different ages in 3 birth cohorts: Generation XXI (Portugal), Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (United Kingdom), and Etude des Determinants pre et postnatals precoces du developpement et de la sante de l'ENfant study (France) - HabEat project. We also aimed to explore the effect of child's current body mass index (BMI) in these relationships. Study design Problematic eating behaviors were assessed at 4-6, 12-15, 24, and 48-54 months, based on caregiver's perception. Children born small, appropriate, and large for gestational age were defined based on sex-specific Kramer growth references. Associations were tested by logistic regression (OR, 95% CI) adjusted for maternal age, education, BMI, smoking, breastfeeding duration, older siblings, birth type and, in a second step, for child's current BMI World Health Organization z-score. Results Parents of children born small for gestational age (compared with appropriate gestational age) reported more often feeding difficulties and poor eating patterns (eating small quantities or needing stimulation to eat) at 4-6 months (Generation XXI: OR 2.02, 95% CI 1.40-2.94; Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children: OR 1.36, 95% CI 1.14-1.62; Etude des Determinants pre et postnatals precoces du developpement et de la sante de l'ENfant OR 3.24, 95% CI 1.50-6.96), but this effect was weaker at older ages. Overall, the effects decreased, after adjustment for child's BMI, but remained significant. Conclusions Low birth weight for gestational age was related to later difficulty in eating behaviors, primarily in the first 4-6 months.
Subject: Medicina clínica
Clinical medicine
Scientific areas: Ciências médicas e da saúde::Medicina clínica
Medical and Health sciences::Clinical medicine
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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