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Descriptive epidemiology and health consequences of childhood obesity

Reilly, John J (2005) Descriptive epidemiology and health consequences of childhood obesity. Best Practice and Research: Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 19 (3). pp. 327-341. ISSN 1521-690X

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Abstract

Obesity is now the most common disorder of childhood in the developed world, and its prevalence is still increasing. A large body of high-quality and consistent evidence shows that it is best defined using the body mass index (BMI) percentile relative to national BMI reference data. This definition diagnoses excessive fatness adequately, and denotes increased risk of adverse health outcomes. Future research may provide improved obesity definitions for epidemiological use, so that the obesity epidemic can be monitored more effectively. Paediatric obesity causes ill health in both childhood and adulthood, though further research is required on the economic consequences, on some of the co-morbidities in childhood (notably psychological morbidity), and in adulthood where the amount of empirical evidence on long-term effects is limited. The combination of high prevalence with adverse consequences has created a public health crisis.

Item type: Article
ID code: 36370
Keywords: obesity, paediatric, diagnosis, co-morbidity, socio-economic status, Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition , Child Health. Child health services, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Endocrinology
Subjects: Medicine > Public aspects of medicine > Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition
Medicine > Pediatrics > Child Health. Child health services
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Physical Activity for Health
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    Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 11:20
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 14:14
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/36370

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