Marga B. M. Bekkers

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OBJECTIVE Most epidemiological, questionnaire-based studies collect data on body weight and height but not on waist circumference (WC), although WC is suggested to be clinically more relevant. It is unknown whether valid WC data of school-aged children can be obtained by questionnaires. In this study the agreement between parental reported and measured WC(More)
BACKGROUND Research suggests an influence of micronutrients on childhood asthma. So far, evidence mainly originates from cross-sectional studies using nutrient intake data, which is not an accurate measure of nutrient status. This study aimed to investigate the cross-sectional and prospective associations between serum concentrations of magnesium, vitamin(More)
We investigated associations of time in bed and multiple sleep quality characteristics with cardiometabolic markers in children. Data from the prevention and incidence of asthma and mite allergy study, a population-based prospective birth-cohort study started in 1996-1997 in the Netherlands, were analysed. In total 1481 children aged 11-12 years completed a(More)
BACKGROUND Adult cholesterol concentrations might be influenced by early-life factors, such as breastfeeding and birth weight, referred to as "early programming". How such early factors exert their influence over the life course is still poorly understood. Evidence from studies in children and adolescents is scarce and conflicting. We investigated the(More)
Previous studies have suggested possible adverse side-effects of maternal use of folic acid-containing supplements (FACSs) during pregnancy on wheeze and asthma in early childhood. We investigated the association between maternal use of FACSs and childhood respiratory health and atopy in the first 8 yrs of life. Data on maternal use of FACSs, collected(More)
BACKGROUND Systemic inflammation is suggested as a mechanism by which overweight might induce asthma. However, few studies have linked childhood overweight, inflammation and asthma. OBJECTIVE To study the association between body mass index (BMI), asthma symptoms and pro-inflammatory proteins. METHODS High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP),(More)
OBJECTIVE To prospectively study the association of night and shift work with weight change and lifestyle behaviors. METHODS Workers participating in the Netherlands Working Conditions Cohort Study (2008 and 2009) (N = 5951) reported night and shift work, weight and height. Groups included stable night or shift work, from day work to night or shift work,(More)
PURPOSE To systematically summarise the literature on the effects of interventions for ageing workers that address work-related measures of sustainable employability, i.e. (early) retirement, work ability and work productivity. METHODS A systematic review was performed by searching five electronic databases for relevant studies published between January(More)
OBJECTIVE Childhood and adolescent overweight, defined by body mass index (BMI) are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in later life. Abdominal adiposity may be more important in associations with cardiovascular diseases but waist circumference (WC) has been rarely studied in children. We studied associations between BMI and WC and(More)
BACKGROUND Body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) may be associated with lung function in children, as observed in adults. METHODS Height, weight, waist circumference, and lung function (FVC and FEV1 ) were measured during a medical examination in 1,058 eight-year-old children participating in the Prevention and Incidence of Asthma and Mite(More)