Simple formula can predict risk of childhood obesity at birth, study says

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 30 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8166
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

A simple formula can predict a baby’s risk at birth of becoming obese later in childhood, show the results of a new study.1 The researchers suggest that the formula could be used to target families who would benefit most from efforts to prevent obesity.

The formula, which is available as an online calculator (, estimates the risk of obesity from the child’s birth weight, the body mass index (BMI) of the parents, the number of people in the household, …

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