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Research Project: Dietary Intake Patterns Associated with Excess Adiposity in U.S. Children

Location: Mid South Area (MSA)

Project Number: 6401-51000-002-00
Project Type: Appropriated

Start Date: Mar 21, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

Objective 1: Utilize instruments such as the Dietary Guidelines Adherence Index and analyze previously collected data (e.g. NHANES) to elucidate reasons for unhealthy eating and to determine factors that impact childhood obesity. Objective 2: Conduct research, analyze data, and publish in peer-reviewed journal(s) results from the StartSmart project to determine if this program can improve maternal and neonatal/infant weight and metabolic health via education of the mothers. Objective 3: Evaluate iron status in pregnant women with appropriate follow-up post-partum. Link this to weight status, dietary intake, and inflammatory markers.

“Dietary Intake Patterns Associated with Excess Adiposity in U.S. Children”; will compare three methods for identifying dietary patterns in U.S. children 2-18 years of age, in terms of their associations with excess adiposity, physical activity, and sedentary behavior, using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data. This project will provide insight into modifiable diet and physical activity behaviors associated with excess adiposity in U.S. children.

Last Modified: 4/16/2014
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