A novel interactive growth chart for babies and young children is being developed in a bid to help tackle childhood obesity in New Zealand. Research initiative Precision Driven Health has combined with leading child health research funder Cure Kids and the National Science Challenge A Better Start to develop and trial an interactive child growth chart.
Precision Driven Health’s General Manager, Dr Kevin Ross, says tracking how a child is growing provides vital awareness of nutritional issues and other health problems which are critical in maintaining a healthy weight in children. Currently, the growth of a child is primarily tracked through a standardised growth chart in the Well Child Tamariki Ora: My Health Book, which is given to parents upon the birth of their child.
Research has shown that a majority of New Zealanders are limited in their ability to easily make use of this information and that there are huge differences in social norms around what a baby or young child’s weight should be. Consequently, they’re unable to make informed and appropriate health decisions regarding their child’s wellbeing, including their weight.
This tool aims to give parents a more accessible and understandable way of visualising the development of their child as well as what these standard measures mean in terms of health development in those first five years of life.
For more information please see the media announcement attached, and for an interview with Dr Kevin Ross please contact me on the details below.