Early-life factors important for childhood obesity: observational and interventional - Marie Löf
According to WHO, childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The mechanisms underlying overweight and obesity in young children are largely unknown, but factors early in life, maybe already in utero may be important.
In her research Marie studies early-life factors that may be important for the establishment of high body fatness. She is especially interested in interactions between physical activity and body fatness during the first years of life. She also develops and evaluates preventive strategies to counteract the development of overweight and obesity during early childhood. Her research involves observational as well as intervention studies.
Another area of Marie’s research concerns development and evaluation of methodology important for nutritional assessments. This work includes methodology to assess intake of foods and energy, physical activity and body composition. Recently this interest has primarily focused on the possibilities of using telecommunication technologies, such as mobile phones, to improve dietary and physical activity assessments in different populations. Part of this work involves the development and validation of a mobile phone questionnaire to assess physical activity levels appropriate for large-scale studies (Lagerros YT et al. (2012), Eur J Epidemiol. 27(7):561-6. and Eriksson et al. (2012), Am J Clin Nutr. 96:567–73).
Measurement of body fatness using the paediatric option for BodPod.