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The importance of long-term follow-up in child and adolescent obesity prevention interventions

journal contribution
posted on 2011-08-01, 00:00 authored by R Jones, N Sinn, Karen CampbellKaren Campbell, Kylie HeskethKylie Hesketh, E Denney-Wilson, P Morgan, D Lubans, A Magarey
Pediatric overweight and obesity continues to be a major public health concern. Once established it is diffi cult to treat; therefore well-designed and evaluated prevention interventions are vitally important. There is considerable evidence to suggest that obesity prevention initiatives can change children ’ s behaviours and weight status over the short- or mediumterm; however, there is far less evidence on which to judge the impact over the longer term. In response to the rise in short- and medium-term obesity prevention studies for children and adolescents over recent years, the Prevention Stream of the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network highlight fi ve points as to why the dearth of obesity prevention studies with long-term follow-up should be urgently addressed. Furthermore, recommendations to strengthen the evidence base and outline key implications for research design in this area and the support required for long-term follow-up studies are detailed.

History

Journal

International journal of pediatric obesity

Volume

6

Issue

3-4

Pagination

178 - 181

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Location

Oxford, London

ISSN

1747-7166

eISSN

1747-7174

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Informa Healthcare