How the impact of families’ socio-economic conditions on child obesity has changed over the years

The prestigious journal the Lancet has published a long article by a team of scientists from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, University College London (UCL) analyzing the data collected in 60 years–from 1946 until now–on approximately 60,000 children in UK. The study, most importantly, has demonstrated that the ratio between children’s BMI and their families’ socio-economic position
has changed over the years. Specifically, a link was detected in the children enrolled in the 1946-1970 period between modest socio-economic conditions and a tendency to less-than-average weight. This ratio was reversed in 2001, indeed children from less well-off families now show a higher obesity tendency and a high BMI.

(Source: The Lancet)