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Relative contributions of adiposity in childhood and adulthood to vascular health of young adults


Huynh, Q and Blizzard, L and Sharman, J and Magnussen, C and Schmidt, M and Dwyer, T and Venn, A, Relative contributions of adiposity in childhood and adulthood to vascular health of young adults, Atherosclerosis, 228, (1) pp. 259-264. ISSN 0021-9150 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2013.02.022


Objective: Vascular damage is suggested to have origins in childhood adiposity, but it is not clear whether this is a direct consequence of being obese in childhood. We aimed to estimate the associations of childhood body size or adiposity with adult vascular health, and to investigate whether these associations were independent of adult body size or adiposity. Design and methods: Subjects were 2328 participants aged 7-15 years at baseline in 1985 with follow-up during 2004-2006 when aged 26-36 years. Anthropometric measures were taken at both baseline and follow-up. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and three measures of large artery stiffness (LAS) were measured by ultrasound at follow-up. Results: Childhood body size or adiposity was positively associated with both adult IMT and LAS. Participants who were obese in adulthood had the greatest LAS, particularly those who were normal weight in childhood. Adjustment for adult body size or adiposity eliminated effects of childhood body size or adiposity on LAS. For IMT, adjustment for adult body size or adiposity reduced estimated effects of child height by 44% (male) and 27% (female), of child weight by 46% (male) and 70% (female) and, after adjusting for sex, of child body mass index and body surface area by 60% and 53% respectively. Conclusions: Whereas IMT appeared to be influenced by body size or adiposity during childhood and early adulthood, LAS depended primarily on current adiposity and magnitude of adiposity gain between childhood and adulthood. © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Atherosclerosis, Artery, Childhood, Obesity, Stiffness, Ultrasound
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Huynh, Q (Dr Quan Huynh)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
UTAS Author:Sharman, J (Professor James Sharman)
UTAS Author:Magnussen, C (Associate Professor Costan Magnussen)
UTAS Author:Dwyer, T (Professor Terry Dwyer)
UTAS Author:Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)
ID Code:84527
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2013-05-16
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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