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David Crawford, Robert W. Jeffery, Kylie Ball, and Johannes Brug

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.001.0001

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Prevalence and trends in childhood obesity

Prevalence and trends in childhood obesity

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Prevalence and trends in childhood obesity
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Obesity Epidemiology
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Tim Lobstein

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.003.0001

Health policy-makers seeking to estimate the burden of childhood obesity and health-promotion workers designing interventions to reduce prevalence levels need to be aware of trends and the extent of the problem of childhood obesity. Representative surveys of child obesity prevalence are required, and they depend on agreed definitions of child obesity, taking account of children's natural growth — especially the changes in growth rates found in early infancy and puberty. There are several approaches to measuring obesity in children, and these give differing estimates of the extent of the problem. This chapter discusses the definition of child overweight and obesity, prevalence levels in childhood and adolescence, and secular trends in prevalence.

Keywords:   obese children, overweight children, public health practice, health intervention, obesity trends

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