Prevention of childhood obesity

Ells, Louisa J., Campbell, Karen, Lidstone, Jane, Kelly, Sarah, Lang, Rebecca and Summerbell, Carolyn 2005, Prevention of childhood obesity, Best practice and research clinical endocrinology and metabolism, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 441-445, doi: 10.1016/j.beem.2005.04.008.

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Title Prevention of childhood obesity
Author(s) Ells, Louisa J.
Campbell, KarenORCID iD for Campbell, Karen
Lidstone, Jane
Kelly, Sarah
Lang, Rebecca
Summerbell, Carolyn
Journal name Best practice and research clinical endocrinology and metabolism
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 441
End page 445
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2005-09
ISSN 1532-1908
Keyword(s) childhood
obesity prevention
physical activity
healthy diet
sedentary behaviour
body mass index
waist circumference
Summary Childhood obesity is a complex disease with different genetic, metabolic, environmental and behavioural components that are interrelated and potentially confounding, thus making causal pathways difficult to define. Given the tracking of obesity and the associated risk factors, childhood is an important period for prevention. To date, evidence would support preventative interventions that encourage physical activity and a healthy diet, restrict sedentary activities and offer behavioural support. However, these interventions should involve not only the child but the whole family, school and community. If the current global obesity epidemic is to be halted, further large-scale, well-designed prevention studies are required, particularly within settings outside of the USA, in order to expand the currently limited evidence base upon which clinical recommendations and public health approaches can be formulated. This must be accompanied by enhanced monitoring of paediatric obesity prevalence and continued support from all stakeholders at global, national, regional and local levels.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.beem.2005.04.008
Field of Research 1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Elsevier
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