Early detection and prevention of overweight


In total 47% of the 2022 participants were willing to participate in the follow-up study. Of these participants 41% has completed questionnaires on lifestyle habits and comorbidity related to overweight and 39% was willing to also complete a physical and laboratory examination. There were no differences between the participants of the total cohort and those who participated in the follow-up study.
Preliminary results showed that the prevalences of MetS and CVD risk factors among young overweight and obese young adults are worrisome. Therefore there is a need for identifying young adults at risk for MetS and to develop tailored prevention and treatment programmes.
In addition preliminary results of this study show that factors in early life such as birth weight, (the duration of) breastfeeding and growing pattern are associated to overweight in young adults.