University of Calgary

Childhood diet and obesity

January 12, 2009


Research shows possible connection between early childhood diet and obesity

New research published in an international scientific journal by Raylene Reimer, PhD, RD suggests that an individual’s early childhood diet may permanently alter their chances of becoming an obese adult.

Reimer is a scientist in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the developmental origins of health and disease. This research featured three groups of rats that were fed one of three diets after birth and then challenged with a high fat, high sugar diet as adults. The animals showed marked differences in weight gain that reflected their early diet.

Media availability and photo opportunities: Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Raylene Reimer, PhD, RD will outline her findings.
Interview and laboratory demonstrations of research.

10:30 am on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

KNB3320, 3rd Floor Roger Jackson Centre For Health & Wellness,
 3330 Collegiate Blvd. NW. Media parking available in Lot 16

Media are welcome to park in any lot on campus. If your vehicle is not marked, please leave a media business card in your window. Please do not park in 24-hour reserved spots, loading zones or handicapped stalls. See U of C campus map.

Don Mcswiney                                             
Director Of Communications                     
Faculty of Kinesiology                                 
403.220.7652, 403.852.7652 (cell)