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Childhood obesity: an overview

Reilly, John J (2007) Childhood obesity: an overview. Children and Society, 21 (5). pp. 390-396. ISSN 0951-0605

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Abstract

This article reviews recent research evidence, largely from systematic reviews, on a number of aspects of childhood obesity: its definition and prevalence; consequences; causes and prevention. The basis of the body mass index (BMI) as a means of defining obesity in children and adolescents is discussed: a high BMI for age constitutes obesity. In recent years the prevalence of obesity has increased dramatically across most of the world, and in the UK obesity prevalence is high and continuing to increase. Despite a widespread perception that obesity in childhood or adolescence is a cosmetic issue, the research evidence shows that it does matter to physical and psychological health and that there are adverse health risks for both the obese child and the adult who was obese as a child. Few interventions aimed at preventing or treating childhood obesity have been successful. There is an urgent need for more research on better strategies that will enable children and adolescents to make long-term changes to their dietary and physical activity behaviour in order to prevent obesity.

Item type: Article
ID code: 34155
Keywords: physical activity , exercise, childhood obesity, Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition
Subjects: Medicine > Public aspects of medicine > Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Physical Activity for Health
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    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2011 11:06
    Last modified: 07 Nov 2012 12:00
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/34155

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