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Socio-economic inequalities in childhood and adolescence

History shows that children from under privileged backgrounds used to be underweight but can now be obese or overweight
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History shows that children from under privileged backgrounds used to be underweight but can now be obese or overweight

Bann D, Johnson W, Li L, Hardy R (2018) Socioeconomic inequalities in childhood and adolescent body-mass index, weight, and height from 1953 to 2015: an analysis of four longitudinal, observational, British birth cohort studies. Lancet Public Health . 3, e194-203.

Aim

To investigate and document changes in socio-economic inequalities in childhood and adolescent body-mass index, weight and height from 1953 to 2015 in Britain.

Method

The data from four British longitudinal, observational, birth cohort studies designed to be nationally representative at the time of their instigation were compared. The studies are the Medical Research Council’s (1946) National Survey of Health and Development, the National Child Development Study (1958), the British Cohort Study (1970), and the

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