Preventing Childhood Obesity: Evidence Policy and Practice

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Elizabeth Waters, Boyd Swinburn, Jacob Seidell, Ricardo Uauy
John Wiley & Sons, Aug 24, 2011 - Medical - 320 pages
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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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Childhood obesity prevention overview
No country for fat children? Ethical questions concerning
A human rights approach to childhood obesity prevention
Evidence framework for childhood obesity prevention
Evaluation of communitybased obesity interventions
Economic evaluation of obesity interventions
Monitoring of childhood obesity
The role of advocacy
The role of policy in preventing childhood obesity
Developing the political climate for action
Community interventionsplanning for sustainability

Obesity prevention in early childhood
Obesity prevention in secondaLy schools
The prevention of childhood obesity in primaLy care
Links between children s independent mobility active
Evidence on the food environment and obesity
Food and beverage marketing to children
Poverty household food insecurity and obesity
Sociocultural issues and body image
Developing countries perspective on interventions
Community capacity building
Social marketing to prevent childhood obesity
Obesity in early childhood and working in preschool
Working with schools
Working in primary care
Working with minority groups in developed countries
Developing country perspectives on obesity prevention
looking forward Index

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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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