•Obesity has been associated with sociodemographic, perinatal, and behavioral factors.•Studies examining the interplay of these factors in European preschoolers are scarce.•Preschoolers' overweight/obesity was found to be positively associated with excess maternal prepregnancy and gestational weight gain, excess birth weight and “rapid growth velocity” Southern or Eastern European region, and parental overweight/obesity.•Maternal prepregnancy overweight/obesity, children's “rapid growth velocity” and increased screen time were found to mediate the association between maternal education and children's BMI.
Nutrition – Elsevier
Published: Apr 1, 2018
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