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High birth weight and its interaction with physical activity influence the risk of obesity in early school-aged children 
 
High birth weight and its interaction with physical activity influence the risk of obesity in early school-aged children
  Jia-Ru Deng, Wei-Qing Tan, Shu-Yi Yang, Li-Ping Ao, Jian-Ping Liang, Li-Xia Li, Yan-Hui Gao, Yi Yang, Li Liu
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Background: High birth weight (HBW) is associated with childhood obesity, but with inconsistent results. This study investigated the relationship between HBW and childhood obesity, and further explored the interaction of HBW with behavioral and socio-economic determinants of obesity.
Methods: This cross-sectional study enrolled 1906 grade-two children of Guangzhou, China, from June to November, 2016. Overweight/obesity corresponded to a body mass index higher than the sex-age-specific criteria. Abdominal obesity was assessed using the sex-specific waist-height ratio cutoffs. The association of HBW with obesity was evaluated in multivariable logistic regression model. The relative excess risk due to interaction (RERI) and the attributable proportion of interaction (AP) indices were used to measure additive interaction, while applying the interaction of OR index for multiplicative interaction assessment.
Results: Children with HBW had an increased risk of overweight/obesity [odds ratio (OR) = 2.42, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.56-3.76] compared with those without HBW. Significant additive interaction of HBW with physical activity was found for overweight/obesity [relative excess risk due to interaction (RERI) = 2.69, 95% CI = 0.62-4.75; attributable proportion of interaction (AP) = 0.72, 95% CI = 0.42-1.02]. The HBW children with insufficient activity had higher odds of overweight/obesity compared to the non-HBW children with sufficient activity (OR = 3.75, 95% CI = 2.06-6.83). In addition, we identified a significant interaction of HBW with household income for abdominal obesity (RERI = 1.20, 95% CI = 0.02-2.37; AP = 0.76, 95% CI = 0.16-1.36).
Conclusions: HBW confers an increased risk for childhood overweight/obesity. Physical activity attenuates the effect of HBW on overweight/obesity, and HBW possibly synergistically interacts with high household income to promote abdominal obesity in childhood.
 
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