3 risk factors predict obesity in adolescence

Simple scoring system can guide intervention, say researchers

Three risk factors taken together can be used to predict whether or not a child with adiposity is likely to still have weight issues in adolescence, researchers say.

Mother and child

A study shows that concurrent high child and maternal BMI, plus lower maternal educational attainment, is simple rule of thumb to predict teenage overweight.

Data drawn from almost 7000 participants in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children showed 71% who met all three risk factors went on to have weight issues in their mid-teens.

In contrast, only 13% of