Underweight among Danish children - is it a problem? at Institut for Idræt og Ernæring - Københavns universitet

Childhood underweight, as indicated by low body mass index (BMI) for age and sex, is prevalent in DK. Despite the U-shaped associations between BMI and morbidity in adults and the well-known negative health impacts of underweight among children in low-income countries, underweight in children is largely overlooked in high-income countries, due to an unequivocal focus on overweight.

In this project the student can investigate if children with underweight differ from children with normalweight and overweight with regards to dietary intake, nutritional status, physical activity, growth and body composition, puberty development, bone health cardiometabolic health, infections and allergic diseases. The student will analyze already collected data from the large OPUS School Meal Study among 834 children aged 8-11 years. You will be connected to a PhD student with strong expertise in data analysis and public health.

Contact person: Camilla T. Damsgaard, Associate Professor ctd@nexs.ku.dk

Attention: When applying for this thesis, remember that there are specific regulations and requirements that needs to be met in order for you to include it as part of your education. For more information on criteria, please contact your local student advisor as outlined here Faculty student advisors (in Danish)

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