Groningen Expert Center for Kids with Obesity (GECKO)
Groningen Expert Center for Kids with Obesity (GECKO) Study of the early determinants of childhood obesity Facility
Study of the early determinants of childhood obesity
The present study, GECKO Drenthe, is a population-based birth-cohort study of approximately 3,000 children born in Drenthe, one of the northern provinces of the Netherlands. The study aims to identify behavioural, social, environmental, and genetic risk factors for childhood obesity.

In 2006, the Groningen Expert Center for Kids with Obesity (GECKO) started studying the development of childhood overweight.

The overall aim of our study is to:

  • Identify determinants of childhood obesity;
  • Identify factors that contribute to the development of childhood obesity;
  • Observe the role of parents in the development;
  • Identify the role of genes and early programming in child health and growth;
  • Observe the contribution of physical activity and nutrition to the development of obesity.
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Examining childhood obesity

The GECKO Drenthe cohort has been designed to examine the behavioural, social, environmental, and genetic risk factors for childhood obesity.

Our study is a population-based birth-cohort study of children born between April 2006 and April 2007. A total of 5,326 infants were born during this period.

The parents of 2,997 infants gave written informed consent. A total of 2,842 children were included in the study. They are being followed from birth to adulthood.

Background information

  • During pregnancy, the paternal and maternal data were collected regarding their reproductive and medical history, social structures, lifestyle, diet, and smoking behaviour before and during pregnancy. Clinical data regarding the pregnancy and delivery were collected from obstetricians, midwives, and general practitioners.

    After the birth of the child, information was collected using questionnaires that the parents have to answer about lifestyle, dietary behaviour, physical activity, biological factors, social factors, environmental influences, and illnesses.

    Anthropometry measurements were performed by youth healthcare practitioners and provided data regarding weight, height, head, hip and waist circumference, and blood pressure.

    Additional measurements were performed in cohort subgroups. These measurements could involve urine samples, blood samples, GWAS, methylation analyses of cord blood, and physical activity measured with accelerometers.

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Contact

University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
GECKO Drenthe Onderzoeksteam
Antwoordnummer 275
PO BOx 30.001
9700 RB Groningen
The Netherlands