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Monday, November 26, 2012

Obesity odds may be higher for children in daycare

Not all child care created equal, study by Quebec researchers says

CBC News
Posted: Nov 20, 2012

The nutrition and physical activity levels of children who are in daycare need to be investigated, recommend Quebec researchers, who report higher levels of obesity in children being cared for outside the home.

Investigators in Montreal looked at associations between overweight and obese children, and different types of child-care arrangements, using a Quebec database on childhood development that followed 1,649 children until age 10.

"I was surprised at first to find higher prevalence of overweight or obesity among children attending specific types of child care compared with those in parental care," said the study's lead author, Marie-Claude Geoffroy, now a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Child Health at University College London.

Compared with parental care, children who attended a centre-based child care had higher odds of being overweight/obese in childhood, the researchers concluded in the research in the Journal of Pediatrics. (...)

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