Today I continued working with Josh on the BMI calling list looking for 6 year old males. I called about 50 families and had a lot of interested parents but was unable to schedule anyone. Many of the people did not qualify for the study or asked that I called them back for measurements. While I was going through the calling lists I started to notice that many of the people on the list had boys that were born pre-maturely. It made me wonder if that could have an effect on their growth rate in childhood and therefore making it harder for us to find participates in the higher BMI percentiles. I also was curious to know if being born premature had any effect on the development of executive function and may be a confounding factor in the study. I think it would be beneficial to look at the research done on this topic and if there is none to conduct a study in the lab!
Sara P. 1-25-12
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