The C-CODE project was borne out of a need to align definitions within childhood obesity. For each obesity-related disease state, such as diabetes and hypertension, a range of different definitions exists.
Without consensus over the most appropriate definitions to use, researchers are left to choose from the various definitions when reporting in their research studies. As a result, the choice of definitions has potential to introduce bias to research studies, allowing for relative under- or over-reporting of diseases compared to other studies. Furthermore, it is often difficult or impossible to compare the outcomes of one study with another in order to advance the scientific field and benefit patients.
The C-CODE projects aims to determine which definitions are in current use and conduct a global consensus process to determine the most appropriate definitions to use across the field of childhood obesity.