Child and adolescent obesity: part of a bigger picture

Lobstein, Tim, Jackson-Leach, Rachel, Moodie, Marjory L., Hall, Kevin D., Gortmaker, Steven L., Swinburn, Boyd A., James, W. Philip T., Wang, Youfa and McPherson, Klim 2015, Child and adolescent obesity: part of a bigger picture, Lancet, vol. 385, no. 9986, pp. 2510-2520, doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61746-3.

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Title Child and adolescent obesity: part of a bigger picture
Author(s) Lobstein, Tim
Jackson-Leach, Rachel
Moodie, Marjory L.ORCID iD for Moodie, Marjory L.
Hall, Kevin D.
Gortmaker, Steven L.
Swinburn, Boyd A.
James, W. Philip T.
Wang, Youfa
McPherson, Klim
Journal name Lancet
Volume number 385
Issue number 9986
Start page 2510
End page 2520
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier: Lancet
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0140-6736
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Body Height
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Developed Countries
Energy Metabolism
Food Industry
Food Supply
Health Promotion
Nutrition Policy
Pediatric Obesity
Primary Prevention
Social Responsibility
Socioeconomic Factors
Summary The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity has risen substantially worldwide in less than one generation. In the USA, the average weight of a child has risen by more than 5 kg within three decades, to a point where a third of the country's children are overweight or obese. Some low-income and middle-income countries have reported similar or more rapid rises in child obesity, despite continuing high levels of undernutrition. Nutrition policies to tackle child obesity need to promote healthy growth and household nutrition security and protect children from inducements to be inactive or to overconsume foods of poor nutritional quality. The promotion of energy-rich and nutrient-poor products will encourage rapid weight gain in early childhood and exacerbate risk factors for chronic disease in all children, especially those showing poor linear growth. Whereas much public health effort has been expended to restrict the adverse marketing of breastmilk substitutes, similar effort now needs to be expanded and strengthened to protect older children from increasingly sophisticated marketing of sedentary activities and energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods and beverages. To meet this challenge, the governance of food supply and food markets should be improved and commercial activities subordinated to protect and promote children's health.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61746-3
Field of Research 111104 Public Nutrition Intervention
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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