How to find if your child will grow up to be overweight
Washington, Feb. 10 : Researchers, set up an interactive website to gather information about childhood predictors of adult body mass index (BMI) from the general public.
The scientists discovered that "crowdsourcing" - everyday people asking and answering questions of each other - could zero-in on predictors of obesity.
More interesting, the website visitors discovered some intriguing connections that experts hadn't considered.
Josh Bongard, a UVM computer scientist and co-author on the new study, said that obesity is a very well-investigated subject and yet the public was able to find new angles.
He said that the non-expert might trigger the expert to think along a different line that they haven't tried before, asserting that they're democratizing investigation here.
Over a two-week period, 532 adults from various English-speaking countries visited the website and supplied their height and weight to determine their BMI.
Paul Hines, a co-author and professor in UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, said that the most highly correlated question was: did your parents encourage you to clean your plate?, asserting that if their parents forced them to eat everything on their plate as a child, then they're more likely to be overweight as an adult.
The study has been published in PLOS ONE.
--ANI (Posted on 10-02-2014)
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