Childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a huge and increasing problem that has massive potential impacts on the NHS

Area of work

Childhood obesity

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Professor Sir Michael Brady.

Project lead

Professor Sir Michael Brady

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Figures from Public Health England, National Child Measurement Programme 2016/17 which measures 1 million children in English schools, show that 1 in-3 children in Year 6 are overweight or obese, and are twice as likely to be obese as an adult. Childhood obesity is strongly associated with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke & depression and costs UK society £27-£45 billion per annum.

This exemplar will develop a paediatric version of Perspectum Diagnostics MultiOrganScan to combat the urgent need to develop new paediatric specific treatments for childhood obesity. Once available, optimal treatment allocation will depend on comprehensive patients stratification.

Project aim

Using BioBank data, Perspectum has demonstrated in adults that AI-based MRI image analysis can measure precisely liver steatosis, inflammation, and fibrosis; and can measure change following interventions such as diet, exercise, or drug regime. We will show how MR assessment of young people can highlight at risk organs and communicate quantitative information back to parents and patients. 

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