J Epidemiol Community Health 63:28 doi:10.1136/jech.2009.096719b
  • Thursday 10 September, Parallel session B
  • Lifecourse obesity

Does childcare influence the risk of overweight and obesity in the early years? Findings from the UK millennium cohort study

  1. A. Pearce1,
  2. L. Li1,
  3. J. Abbas2,
  4. B. Ferguson2,
  5. H. Graham3,
  6. C. Law1
  1. 1
    MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Public Health, London, UK
  2. 2
    York and Humberside Public Health Observatory, York, UK
  3. 3
    Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK


      To explore whether childcare type (parent, informal, formal) is associated with overweight in children, and whether this differs by socio-economic background.


      Nationally representative prospective cohort study.


      Children born in the UK in 2000–2002.


      12 354 children with information on childcare between 9 months and 3 years, and height and weight data at age 3.

      Main Outcome Measure

      Overweight (including obesity) at age 3 defined by the International Obesity Task Force cut-offs for body mass index.


      Children who were cared for in informal childcare were more likely to …