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This is an epidemiological study that investigates the importance of adolescent body mass index (BMI), independent of adult BMI, upon the outcomes of diabetes and coronary heart disease. Adiposity has been shown to track consistently from adolescence into adult life,1 and there is moderate to high correlation between BMI in adolescence and adulthood.
The study sought to evaluate whether adolescent BMI is only a surrogate measure for adult BMI, or whether it acts independently of adult BMI upon cardiovascular risk. Critical periods of life have previously been investigated with respect to cardiovascular risk. Infancy and postnatal growth periods have been the active focus of many epidemiological studies. …
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