Despite adults best preventive efforts, childhood obesity is on the
rise in most areas of the world, and with it the prevalence of Type
2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and other
formerly adult-onset conditions. Epidemiology of Obesity in
Children and Adolescents takes the global ecological approach that
is needed to understand the scope of the problem and its multiple
causes and mechanisms, and to aid in developing more effective
prevention and intervention programs. In the books first half,
experts present a descriptive summary of youth obesity trends in
ten world regions, broken down by age group, gender, socioeconomic
status, and risk factors. Complementing these findings, part two
reviews the evidence base regarding the variables, separately and
in combination, having the most significant impact on young peoples
development of obesity, including: Genetic and nutrigenomic
factors. Environmental and psychosocial factors, such as family
shopping and eating habits and access to healthful foods.
Neuroendocrine regulation. Prenatal and neonatal factors (e.g.,
gestational diabetes of the mother). Dietary factors, from nutrient
content to young peoples food preferences. Physical activity versus
sedentary behavior.Epidemiology of Obesity in Children and
Adolescents is necessary reading for the range of professionals
involved in curtailing this epidemic, including public health
specialists, epidemiologists, pediatricians, nurses, nutritionists,
psychologists, health educators, and policymakers.
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