Childhood Obesity Prevention: International Research, Controversies and Interventions

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Childhood obesity is an international public health concern, with a high profile in both the media and government policy. Controversial issues in the prevention of childhood obesity need to be considered early in the development of school, clinical or community prevention programs, as these issues are often the ones that promote the success or failure of attempts to ameliorate the problem at hand.

This book combines health education theory, research, and practice to guide researchers, students, educators, community health workers and practitioners in the prevention of childhood obesity and the promotion of child and adolescent health and well-being. It examines controversy in childhood obesity, including the link with poverty and the difficulty of addressing obesity whilst also tackling the issue of eating disorders. The prevalence of childhood obesity is covered, with international chapters examining the importance of factors such as social class and ethnic differences, and global and local trends are identified. Approaches to prevention are presented, and the book concludes with the successful outcome of various interventions, demonstrating how the whole school community can collaborate to promote health among young people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199572915
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,235,249
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Jenny O'Dea has been an Associate Editor for Health Education Research (Oxford University Press) for several years. She has a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Medicine from the University of Sydney in which she focused on the improvement of body image among young adolescents. Recent research from Dr O'Dea's group of collaborative researchers and students includes a 3-year national Australian Research Council study titled "Youth cultures of eating" and a 5-year study of children's growth, weight, health and participation in physical activity. The results of these two large, national studies add to the research about childhood obesity and the important role of nutrition educators, health professionals, teachers, parents and the media in the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity among young people.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Controversial Issues in Childhood Obesity Prevention
1. High body mass index, overweight and obesity in children: definitions, terminology and interpretation, Katherine M. Flegal and Cynthia L. Ogden
2. Stigma and BMI screening in schools, or 'mom, I hate it when they weigh me', Lynne MacLean, Mechthild Meyer, Audrey Walsh, Kathryn Clinton, Lisa Ashley, Stephanie Donovan, and Nancy Edwards
3. Developing positive approaches to nutrition education and the prevention of child and adolescent obesity: first do no harm, Jennifer A. O'Dea
4. Low family income and the overweight status of Canadian adolescents, Peter Burton and Shelley Phipps
5. Issues of teacher training in the prevention of eating disorders and childhood obesity in schools, Zali Yager
Section 2: Prevalence and Factors associated with Childhood Obesity
6. Childhood overweight and obesity in developed countries: global trends and correlates, Tim Olds and Carol Maher
7. A review of prevalence and trends in childhood obesity in the United States, Cynthia L. Ogden, Margaret D. Carroll & Katherine M. Flegal
8. Overweight, obesity, gender, age, ethnicity and school SES among Australian schoolchildren in studies from 2000 and 2006, Jennifer A. O'Dea and Michael J. Dibley
9. Secular trends in childhood obesity and associated risk factors in China from 1992 to 2006, Zhaohui Cui and Michael J. Dibley
10. Trends in Hong Kong and Macao and other Chinese communities, Albert Lee
11. Overweight, obesity and associated factors among Vietnamese and South East Asian children and adolescents, Nguyen Hoang H. Doan Trang, Tang K. Hong and Michael J. Dibley
12. Secular changes in overweight and obesity among Brazilian adolescents from 1974/5 to 2002/3, Wolney Lisboa Conde and Carlos Augusto Monteiro
13. Trends in obesity and hypertension in South African youth, K.D. Monyeki, H.C.G. Kemper and J.W.R. Twisk
14. Childhood Obesity: recent trends in Sweden including socioeconomic differences, Elinor Sundblom, Agneta Sjoberg, Jennie Blank and Lauren Lissner
15. Childhood obesity in the Middle Eastern countries with special reference to Iran, Roya Kelishadi
16. Trends in Israel, Joav Merrick, Efrat Merrick-Kenig and Mohammed Morad
Section 3: Approaches to Prevention
17. Childhood obesity: treatment or prevention?, Lawrence Hammer
18. Relevant health education and health promotion theory for childhood obesity prevention, Karen Glanz and Brian E. Saelens
19. The application of public health lessons to childhood obesity prevention, Michael Eriksen, Rodney Lyn and Barbara J. Moore
20. Towards a children's food and nutrition policy, Anthony Worsley
21. Prevention and management of obesity in children and adolescents: the Singapore experience, Ting Fei Ho
22. Asian adolescents in New Zealand: a community development, health promotion approach, Shirin Foroughian
23. The role of health professionals, Kelley DeVane Hart and Bonnie A. Spear
Section 4: Interventions
24. Striving to prevent obesity and other weight-related problems in adolescent girls: the New Moves approach, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Colleen Flattum, Shira Feldman, and Christine Petrich
25. Whole-school and health promoting school approaches to obesity prevention: government policy directions in Australia between 2000 and 2010, Jennifer A. O'Dea
26. Interventions targeting childhood obesity involving parents, Nancy Espinoza, Guadalupe Ayala and Elva Arredondo
27. Promoting optimal weights in Aboriginal children in Canada through ecological research, Ashlee-Ann E. Pigford and Noreen D. Willows
28. Environment and policy interventions to prevent obesity in children, Dianne S. Ward
29. Individual and environmental interventions to prevent obesity in African American children and adolescents, Portia Jackson, Jammie Hopkins and Antronette K. Yancey
30. Targeted approaches by culturally appropriate programs, Shiriki Kumanyika
31. Weight-related teasing and anti-teasing initiatives in schools, Jess Haines
32. Physical activity programs in high schools, Fiona Brooks and Josephine Magnusson
33. Effective school meal interventions: lessons learned from Eat Well Do Well in Hull, UK, Derek Colquhoun and Jo Pike
34. Obesity prevention interventions for early childhood: an updated systematic review of the literature, K.D. Hesketh and K.J. Campbell
35. Problems and possible solutions for interventions among children and adolescents, Tom Baranowski, Janice Baranowski, Karen Cullen, Melanie Hingle, Sheryl Hughes, Russell Jago, Tracey Ledoux, Jason Mendoza, Tuan T. Nguyen, Teresia O'Connor, Deborah Thompson and Kathleen Watson

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