The social patterning of fat and lean mass in a contemporary cohort of children

John J Reilly, AR Ness, S. Leary, J. Wells, J. Tobias, E. Clark, G.D. Smith

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Studies of the social patterning of obesity in children using body mass index have reported inconsistent results. We explored the association of social class with fat mass and lean mass in a contemporary cohort of children measured using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. We observed a clear social gradient of fat mass (with children of higher social class having a lower fat mass), but no gradient in lean mass or trunk fat mass. Our data show that inequalities in adiposity are present in primary school children and suggest that social inequalities in childhood obesity may have been underestimated in previous studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-61
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Obesity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003


  • obesity
  • body composition
  • fat mass
  • social class
  • children

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