Julie Aarestrup

Section for Epidemiology
Research Associate

Research area

Julie Aarestrup is a Research Associate in the research group "Life Course Epidemiology ", led by Jennifer L. Baker. She has a Master's degree in Human Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Life Course Epidemiology, both from the University of Copenhagen. Julie has a specific interest in understanding the complexity of both underweight and overweight/obesity in childhood, including the long-term health consequences using large register-based studies. She has e.g. examined how body size among children and adolescents during school ages impacts the risk of different cancer forms as well as several female hormone-related diseases, mainly using the Copenhagen School Health Records Register of ~400,000 children. Her work found that body mass index (BMI) during childhood ages can be used as an indicator of future risks of many diseases occurring later in life.


  • 2023. Conference travel grant. The Danish Association for the Study on Obesity
  • 2022. Best poster presentation. The Nordic Obesity Meeting
  • 2019. New Investigator Research Award. The Society for the Study of Human Biology conference on Cohort Methods and Applications in Human Biology
  • 2018. New Investigator Childhood Obesity Research Award. European Association for the Study of Obesity
  • 2017. Best oral presentation. Annual meeting in The Danish Association for the Study on Obesity
  • 2014. The Obesity Society (USA) Pat Simons Young Investigator Travel Grant

Selected publications

  1. Aarestrup J, Bjerregaard LG, Gamborg M, Ängquist L, Tjønneland A, Overvad K, Linneberg A, Osler M, Mortensen EL, Gyntelberg F, Lund R, Sørensen TIA, Baker JL. Tracking of body mass index from 7 to 69 years of age. Int J Obes (Lond).2016;40:1376-83.

  2. Aarestrup J, Gamborg M, Tilling K, Ulrich LG, Sørensen TI, Baker JL. Childhood body mass index growth trajectories and endometrial cancer risk. Int J Cancer. 2017;140(2):310-15.

  3. Aarestrup J, Bjerregaard LG, Meyle KD, Pedersen DC, Gjærde LK, Jensen BW, Baker JL. Birthweight, childhood overweight, tallness and growth and adult cancer risks: a review of studies using the Copenhagen School Health Records Register. Int J Obes (Lond).2020;44:1546-60.

  4. Aarestrup J, Pedersen DC, Thomas PE, Glintborg D, Holm JC, Bjerregaard LG, Baker JL. Birthweight, childhood body mass index, height and growth and risks of polycystic ovary syndrome. Obes Facts.2021;14:283-90.

  5. Aarestrup J, Blond K, Vistisen D, Jørgensen ME, Frimodt-Møller M, Jensen BW, Baker JL. Childhood body mass index trajectories and associations with adult-onset chronic kidney disease in Denmark: A population-based cohort study. PLoS Med. 2022; 19(9):e1004098.​​
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