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Obesity prevention in children and adolescents

Swinburn, Boyd 2009, Obesity prevention in children and adolescents, Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 209-223, doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2008.07.015.

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Title Obesity prevention in children and adolescents
Author(s) Swinburn, Boyd
Journal name Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America
Volume number 18
Issue number 1
Start page 209
End page 223
Total pages 15
Publisher Elsevier Ltd.
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-01
ISSN 1056-4993
Keyword(s) obesity
Summary Childhood and adolescent obesity has been increasing in most middle- and high-income countries, and, as with adult obesity, this has been driven by increasingly obesogenic environments, especially the food environment. This constitutes a “market failure,” signaling the need for government interventions with policies, programs, and social marketing. Population prevention strategies are critical, and children and adolescents should be the priority populations. Food marketing to children is a central policy issue for governments to address, and comprehensive regulations are needed to provide substantive protection for children. Community-based intervention programs show some real promise in reducing childhood obesity, but the 2 big challenges ahead are to ensure that there is substantial ongoing funding so that the community capacity to promote healthy weights can be scaled up to a national level and to ensure that policies are in place to support these efforts. The social and cultural shifts that support healthy eating and physical activity occur differentially, and special efforts are needed to reduce the socioeconomic gradients associated with childhood obesity. A positive public health approach encompassing environmental, regulatory, sociocultural, and educational strategies offer the best chance of reducing obesity without increasing disordered eating patterns.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.chc.2008.07.015
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier
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