Birth weight and BMI change from adolescence into adulthood


Halpern, Carolyn Tucker; Bollen, Kenneth A.; Chen, Ping; & Harris, Kathleen Mullan (2018). Birth weight and BMI change from adolescence into adulthood. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. Denver, CO.


Adult chronic disease is a major public health problem. Although typically associated with aging and health of the elderly, there is mounting evidence that chronic conditions are beginning at younger ages in the US. An important factor contributing factor is the increasing levels of obesity in the US population, well documented in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health cohort. We use data from Waves I through V of Add Health to examine BMI growth curves over time, and investigate demographic differences (sex, race/ethnicity/SES) in trends. Framed in the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) paradigm, we will then test a fetal origins of disease model to examine associations between birth weight (proxy for fetal environment) and BMI across time. The Fetal Origins/Infant Model emphasizes gestation as “sensitive periods,” when an exposure has a stronger effect on development than it would at other time points.



birth weight BMI obesity

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Conference proceeding

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Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America

Series Title

Health and mortality 2


Halpern, Carolyn Tucker
Bollen, Kenneth A.
Chen, Ping
Harris, Kathleen Mullan

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Denver, CO

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