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Childhood Risk Factors

Childhood Risk Factors
Preventing the seeds of obesity and heart disease in children

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There has been a dramatic increase in childhood obesity in recent years, which predicts a future epidemic of diabetes, atherosclerosis and its complications (heart attacks and strokes). The development of these risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol and obesity result from complex interactions between one's genes, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, diet and metabolism.


The Childhood Risk Factors Program at the Population Health Research Institute strives to understand why at several periods or "critical phases" in fetal life and childhood, some children become obese and develop risk factors and will allow us to develop strategies for prevention. In turn, these answers will help children grow into healthy adults.


Main Publications

Morrison KM, Atkinson SA, Teo KK.  Fetal Origins of Coronary Artery Disease in Evidence Based Cardiology, 3rd edition, Ed. S Yusuf, J Cairns, J Camm, E Fallen, B Gersh, BMJ Books, Blackwell Publishing, 2009 In press

Morrison KM, Atkinson SA, Yusuf S, Bourgeois J, McDonald S, McQueen MJ, Persadie R, Hunter B, Pogue J, Teo KK, FAMILY investigators. The Family Atheroscleroisis Monitoring in early life (FAMILY) Study: Rationale, design, and baseline data of a study examining the early determinants of atherosclerosis. Am Heart J 2009, In press.
Morrison KM, et al. Cardiovascular risk factors and non-invasive assessment of subclinical atherosclerosis in youth. Atherosclerosis (2009), doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2009.07.034.


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