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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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Relevant health education and health promotion theory for childhood obesity prevention

Relevant health education and health promotion theory for childhood obesity prevention

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(p.203) Chapter 18 Relevant health education and health promotion theory for childhood obesity prevention
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Childhood Obesity Prevention
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Karen Glanz

Brian E. Saelens

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572915.003.0018

Understanding and influencing obesity is central to population-health strategies for disease prevention and health promotion. The health education that are most fundamental to preventing childhood obesity involve moderating food consumption and ensuring adequate physical activity. While the task may appear to be simple, in fact it is very complex because the determinants and contexts of the health promotion, and the disease prevention themselves, are multidimensional and occur at multiple levels.This chapter proposes that the most important contribution of health education and health promotion theory to solving widespread health problems is in providing ways of thinking that help to understand the factors contributing to health-related behaviours, and to develop and evaluate broad-based public health and policies based on this understanding. It provides a broad perspective and examples of how health education and promotion theories and corresponding research can assist in developing more effective public health approaches to the prevention of childhood obesity around the world.

Keywords:   obesity, school, health education, health promotion, theory, prevention, eating disorders

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