Preventing Childhood Obesity: Evidence Policy and Practice / Edition 1

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Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges in the 21st century. Devising effective policy and practice to combat childhood obesity is a high priority for many governments and health professionals internationally. This book brings together contributors from around the world and showcases the latest evidence-based research on community and policy interventions to prevent unhealthy weight gain and improve the health and well-being of children. The authors highlight from the evidence available what is and what is not effective and provide recommendations on how to implement and evaluate promising interventions for obesity prevention.

This book is an essential read for all public health practitioners, early childhood professionals, health care providers and clinicians working to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity in their communities.

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“Until researchers respond, however, this book confirms that valuable lessons from other sectors can be interpreted, adapted, and applied in childhood obesity prevention and intervention programs.” (Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 5 November 2012)

"By the end of the book, the reader will understand the real threat facing the world in fighting this disease." (Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal, December 2010) "Preventing Childhood Obesity will be invaluable in stimulatingpolicy development, as well as thedesign of new experimental strategiesto curb the childhood obesity epidemic." (The Lancet, June 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405158893
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Series: Evidence-Based Medicine Series , #42
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Waters, MPH, DPhil

Jack Brockhoff Chair of Child Public Health, McCaughey Centre, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Boyd A. Swinburn MBChB, MD, FRACP

Professor of Population Health, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Jacob C. Seidell, PhD

Professor of Nutrition and Health; Director, Institute of Health Sciences, EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University and VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ricardo Uauy PhD MD

Professor, Nutrition and Public Health Intervention, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK and Institute of Nutrition, INTA - University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

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Table of Contents




Part 1 The context 1

1 The childhood obesity epidemic Rachel Jackson-Leach Jackson-Leach, Rachel 3

2 Lessons from the control of other epidemics Mickey Chopra Chopra, Mickey 15

3 Childhood obesity prevention overview Boyd Swinburn Swinburn, Boyd 22

4 No country for fat children? Ethical questions concerning community-based programs to prevent obesity Soren Holm Holm, Soren 31

5 A human rights approach to childhood obesity prevention Elizabeth Waters Waters, Elizabeth 40

Part 2 Evidence synthesis 47

6 Evidence framework for childhood obesity prevention Boyd Swinburn Swinburn, Boyd 49

7 Evidence of multi-setting approaches for obesity prevention: translation to best practice Christina Economos Economos, Christina 57

8 Evidence of the influence of home and family environment Stef Kremers Kremers, Stef 64

9 Obesity prevention in early childhood Andrea M. de Silva-Sanigorski de Silva-Sanigorski, Andrea M. 71

10 Obesity prevention in primary school settings: evidence from intervention studies Simon Murphy Murphy, Simon 79

11 Obesity prevention in secondary schools Luis A. Moreno Moreno, Luis A. 88

12 The prevention of childhood obesity in primary care settings: evidence and practice Rebecca Hillier Hillier, Rebecca 94

13 Links between children's independent mobility, active transport, physical activity and obesity Matthew Burke Burke, Matthew 105

14 Evidence on the food environment and obesity Deborah A. Cohen Cohen, Deborah A. 113

15 Food and beverage marketing to children Georgina Cairns Cairns, Georgina 120

16 Poverty, household food insecurity and obesity in children Edward A. Frongillo Frongillo, Edward A. 129

17 Socio-cultural issues and body image Andre Renzaho Renzaho, Andre 138

18 Developing countries perspective on interventions to prevent overweight and obesity in children Juan A. Rivera Rivera, Juan A. 147

Part 3 Evidence generation and utilization 155

19 Evaluation of community-based obesity interventions Lisa Gibbs Gibbs, Lisa 157

20 Economic evaluation of obesity interventions Rob Carter Carter, Rob 167

21 Monitoring of childhood obesity Jacob C. Seidell Seidell, Jacob C. 175

22 Knowledge translation and exchange for obesity prevention Elizabeth Waters Waters, Elizabeth 184

23 The role of advocacy Jane Martin Martin, Jane 192

Part 4 Policy and practice 201

24 The role of policy in preventing childhood obesity Boyd Swinburn Swinburn, Boyd 203

25 Developing the political climate for action Neville Rigby Rigby, Neville 212

26 Community interventions---planning for sustainability Boyd Swinburn Swinburn, Boyd 220

27 Community capacity building Anne Simmons Simmons, Anne 232

28 Social marketing to prevent childhood obesity Sandrine Raffin Raffin, Sandrine 243

29 Obesity in early childhood and working in pre-school settings Ricardo Uauy Uauy, Ricardo 253

30 Working with schools Sue Bowker Bowker, Sue 263

31 Working in primary care Karen Hoare Hoare, Karen 269

32 Working with minority groups in developed countries Elisha Riggs Riggs, Elisha 276

33 Developing country perspectives on obesity prevention policies and practices Ricardo Uauy Uauy, Ricardo 283

34 Preventing childhood obesity: looking forward William H. Dietz Dietz, William H. 292

Index 298

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