Seasonal effects on obesity in New Zealand 4-year old children Event as iCalendar

(COMPASS Research Centre)

07 August 2017

12 - 1pm

Venue: Room 104, Fale Pasifika Complex (273-104)

Contact info: Lara Greaves

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Website: COMPASS

Dr Barry Milne | COMPASS

Seasonal effects on obesity have been demonstrated in school children, with those measured in summer having highest prevalence. Investigations in pre-school children are less common, but have suggested the opposite pattern (highest in winter). We investigated seasonal effects on obesity in 4-year old children using B4 School Check data. We found striking differences, with winter prevalence 20% higher than summer. Differences were observed across region, gender, ethnicity and deprivation groups.

Dr Barry Milne is the Director of COMPASS Research Centre. He has a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Otago, and a PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology from Kings College London. His main interests are in longitudinal and life-course research, and in the use of large administrative datasets to answer policy and research questions.


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