Double burden of malnutrition as a risk factor for overweight and obesity

Antonio Bernabé-Ortiz, Carmen Quinteros-Reyes, Rodrigo M. Carrillo-Larco

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the longitudinal effect of double burden of malnutrition (DBM) on the risk of developing child and adolescent overweight or obesity. METHODS: Analysis of the Peruvian Young Lives Study, younger cohort: baseline (2002) and 4 follow-ups (2006-2007, 2009-2010, 2013-2014, and 2016-2017). Outcomes were the incidence of overweight and obesity as defined by the World Health Organization standards. The exposure comprised a variable with 4 categories: non-stunted child with a non-overweight mother (reference group), non-stunted child with an overweight mother, stunted child with a non-overweight mother, and stunted child with an overweight mother (i.e., DBM). Poisson regression models were built to assess the association of interest, and relative risks (RR) and 95%CI were reported. RESULTS: Data from 2,034 children; 50.0% were girls and the mean age was 12.0 (3.6) months at baseline. Non-stunted children with an overweight mother had greater risk (RR = 1.64; 95%CI: 1.35-1.99) of developing overweight, compared with the risk for stunted children with a non-overweight mother (RR = 1.38; 95%CI: 1.10-1.72), and for those with DBM (RR = 1.28; 95%CI: 1.02-1.61). When compared with the reference group, obesity risk was greater among non-stunted children with an overweight mother (RR = 2.33; 95%CI: 1.68-3.22), greater among stunted children with a non-overweight mother (RR = 2.59; 95%CI: 1.75-3.84), and greater among those with DBM (RR = 2.14; 95%CI: 1.39-3.28). CONCLUSIONS: DBM is a risk factor for childhood overweight and obesity in Peru. Dual-duty policies tackling both undernutrition in children and overweight in mothers are needed to reduce DBM and its future effects in Peru.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93
Number of pages1
JournalRevista de Saude Publica
Volume56
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

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