It’s now ten years since the Born in Bradford project began and families were recruited to participate in this long-term study of 13,500 children and their families. All of the children involved were born at Bradford Royal Infirmary between March 2007 and December 2010. The oldest children participating in the study are now about to go to secondary school and everything about them has been observed and tracked, including their bedtime routines.
The Bradford birthrate is one of the highest in the UK and over half of the 6000 children born in the district each year are of South East Asian origin. The differences between them and their White British counterparts can be quite marked and include not only diet but lifestyle differences, including marriage customs. The BBC’s microsite provides a clip on the risks involved when cousins marry: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02qt7vm/clips
The study is also at the cutting edge of the science of genetics, as the DNA of thousands of children and their parents can be studied and researchers can explore the way that lifestyle has on genes. The BBC’s R4 microsite is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02qt7vm
The Born in Bradford website is at https://borninbradford.nhs.uk/ and has a wealth of additional information and well as material on associated projects and research.