Professor Cyrus Cooper
MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton
From 1911 to 1948, health visitors recorded information on birth weight and weight at one year on infants born in Hertfordshire. In 1998, those born between1931-1939 were traced through the National Health Service central register and a total of 3822 men and 3284 women were found to still live in the county. They were approached to participate in studies examining the interactions between early life, diet, adult lifestyle, and genetic factors as determinants of adult disease as follows: Permission to contact 3126 (82%) men and 2973 (91%) women was obtained from their General Practitioners.
Pregnancy, birth and infancy
Pregnancy - 1 year
All participants were born and remain resident in the county of Hertfordshire.