Early Prediction and Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPPOC)
Learn more about the research
Childhood obesity is a worldwide health problem. Obesity in childhood can be carried through to adulthood and may lead to lifelong poor health. Children who are overweight or obese can be teased at school leading them to withdraw from activities that might help them, such as physical exercise. This can make it difficult for them to lose any excess weight. Over a quarter of infants gain weight more rapidly than desirable during the first four months of life and this is associated with a greater risk of them developing childhood obesity. Therefore early identification and intervention of infants at greatest risk may be needed to prevent childhood obesity.
This website is designed to inform parents, healthcare professionals and the academic community about work that is being undertaken in the East Midlands around the prevention of obesity during infancy. Further details about the work can be found in the research studies section of this website. However, it is vital that future research includes parents and health professionals' views of identificaton and intervention with infants. Therefore, the sections below are for parents and healthcare professionals to comment on the findings of the studies and our plans.
BBC Radio Nottingham interview with Sarah Redsell
Sarah Redsell was interviewed live on the BBC Radio Nottingham Andy Whittaker Show (6th December 2011)
Used with permission of BBC Radio Nottingham Andy Whittaker Show