ERIC Number: ED153724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Fetal and Infant Nutrition and Susceptibility to Obesity: Summary of a Workshop (Washington, D. C., February 28 and March 1, 1977).
National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, Washington, DC. Food and Nutrition Board.
This report summarizes the proceedings of a workshop designed to review the current state of knowledge on prenatal and early postnatal determinants of obesity, and to identify areas for further research. The workshop was sponsored by the Committee on Nutrition of the Mother and Preschool Child, Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences. The topics discussed were growth and differentiation of adipose tissue; genetic determinants in obesity, adipose tissue development and its relation to somatic growth; vulnerable or critical periods in brain growth and somatic growth; and nutritional influences during the fetal period, infancy, and childhood. A lack of unanimity regarding definition and classification of obesity is confirmed. Among suggested recommendations is the need for research regarding not only biological, but also behavioral and social factors involved with obesity. (CM)
Descriptors: Body Weight, Children, Conferences, Eating Habits, Environmental Influences, Genetics, Growth Patterns, Infants, Nature Nurture Controversy, Nutrition, Obesity, Prenatal Influences, Workshops
National Academy of Sciences, Printing and Publishing Office, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20418 (free of charge)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Services Administration (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Community Health Services.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, Washington, DC. Food and Nutrition Board.