Mediators of socio-economic status and obesity risk

Individuals from a lower socio-economic background have a higher risk of obesity. Researchers have examined what factors mediate this association.

The review included 28 studies in children and young people. The studies were conducted in a range of countries including Ireland and the United Kingdom. A number of mediators of the relationship between socio-economic status and obesity among children and young people were identified in the review. These included dietary behaviours and parental factors.

The factors found to mediate the socio-economic differences in obesity risk included:

  • Increased sugary drinks consumption
  • Decreased breakfast consumption
  • Increased television viewing and computer use
  • Increased parental body mass index
  • Maternal smoking during pregnancy
  • Decreased breastfeeding duration


Posted: 16/05/2017 12:39:39 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Childhood obesity, Children, Obesity, Socioeconomic status, Sugary drinks


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