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Childhood Obesity PreventionInternational Research, Controversies and Interventions$
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Jennifer A. O'Dea and Michael Eriksen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572915.001.0001

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Childhood obesity—recent trends in Sweden including socioeconomic differences

Childhood obesity—recent trends in Sweden including socioeconomic differences

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(p.164) Chapter 14 Childhood obesity—recent trends in Sweden including socioeconomic differences
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Childhood Obesity Prevention
Author(s):

Elinor Sundblom

Agneta Sjöberg

Jennie Blank

Lauren Lissner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572915.003.0014

This chapter reports on recent obesity trends among Swedish children. Sweden has a relatively low prevalence of childhood obesity. Yet, the rates in children as well as in adults have increased in the past decades. For instance, childhood overweight and obesity today are two to three times more common than in the 1980s. Moreover, a strong socioeconomic gradient has been apparent for a number of years. This chapter describes the developments of obesity and overweight in younger and older Swedish children. Where available it reports on the most recent trends, to determine whether the increase seen since the end of the 20th century has continued into the 21st century. When socioeconomic gradients are available it analyses if the gap is widening or narrowing. Finally, the chapter examines selected changes that have occurred in Swedish society that might explain the latest trends.

Keywords:   overweight, obesity, children, adolescents, epidemiology, Swedish society, Sweden, SES, socioeconomic gradient, social class

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