New STOP articles published!

Two new journal articles on STOP research have been published in BMC Public Health and the JAMA network, respectively:

Planting a seed – child health care nurses’ perceptions of speaking to parents about overweight and obesity: a qualitative study within the STOP project, by My Sjunnestrand , Karin Nordin , Karin Eli , Paulina Nowicka and Anna Ek, discusses how nurses in child health care (CHC) centers in Sweden play a key role in the early detection and management of childhood overweight/obesity, through meeting families early, regularly and over many years. However, research focusing on CHC nurses’ perceptions of their role in childhood overweight/obesity management is scarce. This study examines CHC nurses’ perceptions of speaking to parents about children’s overweight/obesity and of their role in referring children to treatment for overweight/obesity.

Association Between Maternal Prepregnancy Body Mass Index and Anthropometric Parameters, Blood Pressure, and Retinal Microvasculature in Children Age 4 to 6 Years, by Bianca Cox; Leen J. Luyten; Yinthe Dockx; Eline Provost; Narjes Madhloum; Patrick De Boever; Kristof Y. Neven; Franco Sassi; Hanne Sleurs; Karen Vrijens; Paolo Vineis; Michelle Plusquin; Tim S. Nawrot, discusses the fact that maternal prepregnancy body mass index (BMI; calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) has previously been associated with offspring cardiometabolic risk factors, such as fat mass, glucose and insulin levels, and blood pressure, but these associations appear to be largely mediated by offspring BMI. To our knowledge, no studies have assessed alterations in the retinal microvasculature in association with maternal prepregnancy BMI. This investigation looks at the association between maternal prepregnancy BMI and anthropometric parameters, blood pressure, and retinal vessel parameters in children age 4 to 6 years.

These articles can also be accessed in the Results section of the STOP website.