Preliminary Analyses to Study the Developmental Origins of Metabolic Disorders/Obesity using a Three-Generational Longitudinal Database of Japanese Children

Associate Name: Pamela Surkan

Funding Source/Period of the Grant: 6/1/15-5/31/16


This pilot promises important insights from a unique three-generational (grandmother-mother-child) data register that has information on grandmothers’ and mother’s height and weight and their children’s birth weight. The coupled phenomena of underweight women of reproductive age and increased children born at low birth weight in Japan provide a natural experiment to test the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Hypothesis.