Longitudinal changes in body mass index

Background Childhood obesity is a significant health problem in the UK. To date, there is little known about the pattern of change in body mass index (BMI) following renal transplantation in UK paediatric patients. Our objectives in this study were to (i) describe trends in BMI seen in UK patients undergoing renal transplantation in the short and medium term and (ii) identify risk factors predisposing children to excessive weight gain following transplantation.

Methods A retrospective case note review was performed across 12 of 13 paediatric nephrology centres in the UK, with BMI measurements recorded pre-transplantation and for 4 years thereafter. BMI% was used to assess changes in adiposity over time. International Obesity Taskforce definitions of overweight and obesity…

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