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Childhood obesity, prevalence and prevention

Overview of attention for article published in Nutrition Journal, September 2005
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9 X users
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3 Wikipedia pages
1 Google+ user
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Childhood obesity, prevalence and prevention
Published in
Nutrition Journal, September 2005
DOI 10.1186/1475-2891-4-24
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Mahshid Dehghan, Noori Akhtar-Danesh, Anwar T Merchant


Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels in developed countries. Twenty five percent of children in the US are overweight and 11% are obese. Overweight and obesity in childhood are known to have significant impact on both physical and psychological health. The mechanism of obesity development is not fully understood and it is believed to be a disorder with multiple causes. Environmental factors, lifestyle preferences, and cultural environment play pivotal roles in the rising prevalence of obesity worldwide. In general, overweight and obesity are assumed to be the results of an increase in caloric and fat intake. On the other hand, there are supporting evidence that excessive sugar intake by soft drink, increased portion size, and steady decline in physical activity have been playing major roles in the rising rates of obesity all around the world. Consequently, both over-consumption of calories and reduced physical activity are involved in childhood obesity. Almost all researchers agree that prevention could be the key strategy for controlling the current epidemic of obesity. Prevention may include primary prevention of overweight or obesity, secondary prevention or prevention of weight regains following weight loss, and avoidance of more weight increase in obese persons unable to lose weight. Until now, most approaches have focused on changing the behaviour of individuals in diet and exercise. It seems, however, that these strategies have had little impact on the growing increase of the obesity epidemic. While about 50% of the adults are overweight and obese in many countries, it is difficult to reduce excessive weight once it becomes established. Children should therefore be considered the priority population for intervention strategies. Prevention may be achieved through a variety of interventions targeting built environment, physical activity, and diet. Some of these potential strategies for intervention in children can be implemented by targeting preschool institutions, schools or after-school care services as natural setting for influencing the diet and physical activity. All in all, there is an urgent need to initiate prevention and treatment of obesity in children.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 9 <1%
United Kingdom 7 <1%
Brazil 3 <1%
Mexico 3 <1%
Nigeria 2 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
Ecuador 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Other 6 <1%
Unknown 1283 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 292 22%
Student > Master 268 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 132 10%
Student > Postgraduate 93 7%
Researcher 88 7%
Other 216 16%
Unknown 230 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 357 27%
Nursing and Health Professions 141 11%
Social Sciences 131 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 105 8%
Sports and Recreations 78 6%
Other 249 19%
Unknown 258 20%
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