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GROWTH

Leader of this group:

Prof. MD Pétur B. Júlíusson

Updated knowledge of growth and weight development is important for all health-related work with children and adolescents, due to follow up of the child, but also to monitor trends in the child population. Children’s growth and development depends on heredity and environment. Norwegian children have gradually grown taller over the last hundred years, which reflects amongst other things, better well-being, improved nutrition and fewer infections. During the last 20-30 years, weight in children and adults has also increased. The Bergen Growth Research Group (BERG) is an umbrella for projects focusing on growth and pubertal development. The studies have generated new growth references for Norwegian children and given valuable information about the problem of overweight and obesity in the childhood population. Three PhD-candidates are currently attached to the research group.

In 2012, The Paediatric Obesity Outpatient Clinic, Haukeland University Hospital opened. To date, lifestyle treatment has been given to more than 300 children and adolescents, including their families. Data on anthropometric measurements, body composition and information on cardio-metabolic risk factors, are collected into a quality register. Four master degrees has been finalized using data from this register. A randomized study, Family-based behavioral treatment of childhood obesity (FABO), targeting children and adolescents with obesity and their families, in currently ongoing. The Bergen Paediatric Obesity Research Groups (BarneBORG) embodies the projects attached to the Paediatric Obesity Outpatient Clinic.