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

Jones, Rachel A., Sinn, Natalie, Campbell, Karen J., Hesketh, Kylie, Denney-Wilson, Elizabeth, Morgan, Philip J., Lubans, David R. and Magarey, Anthea 2011, The importance of long-term follow-up in child and adolescent obesity prevention interventions, International journal of pediatric obesity, vol. 6, no. 3-4, pp. 178-181, doi: 10.3109/17477166.2011.575155.

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Title The importance of long-term follow-up in child and adolescent obesity prevention interventions
Author(s) Jones, Rachel A.
Sinn, Natalie
Campbell, Karen J.ORCID iD for Campbell, Karen J.
Hesketh, KylieORCID iD for Hesketh, Kylie
Denney-Wilson, Elizabeth
Morgan, Philip J.
Lubans, David R.
Magarey, Anthea
Journal name International journal of pediatric obesity
Volume number 6
Issue number 3-4
Start page 178
End page 181
Total pages 4
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, London
Publication date 2011-08
ISSN 1747-7166
Keyword(s) children
obesity prevention
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/17477166.2011.575155
Field of Research 111104 Public Nutrition Intervention
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Informa Healthcare
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