The consequences of childhood obesity are serious and far reaching, with both physical and psychological components that add to its complexity. Childhood Obesity: Contemporary Issues provides an up-to-date account of the increase of obesity in children, its causes, and its prevention. The expert editorial panel has chosen contributors with considerable practical and research experience. They explore why childhood obesity is so difficult to prevent and treat.
Focusing less on clinical issues and more on environmental factors, the book brings together social, psychological, biological, and socio-biological approaches to the experience and problem of obesity. Delineating the scope and impact of childhood obesity, the book provides a unique view of the obese child. It examines the link between food intake and physical activity, which are the immediate determinants of energy balance, and discusses how to measure and assess them.
The World Health Organization describes obesity as one of today's most blatantly visible - yet most neglected - public health problems. This book highlights obesity in children and discusses the need to develop multifactorial and multi-agency strategic plans to contain this epidemic.
Table of Contents
ASSESSING THE SCOPE AND IMPACT OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY
Childhood Obesity: Assessment and Prevalence, T.J. Cole
Global Perspectives on Adolescent Obesity, P. Gordon-Larsen and B.M. Popkin
A Brief Review of the Health Consequences of Childhood Obesity, F. Regan and P. Betts
Social and Self-Perception of Obese Children and Adolescents, A. Hill
Self-Perceptions and Physical Activity Behavior of Obese Young People, L. Foster and A. Page
What's It Like Being the Parent of an Overweight Child? L. Edmunds
THE ROLE OF BIOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL PROCESSES IN THE AETIOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY
The Value of Birth Cohorts in the Study of Childhood Obesity, A. Ness
Biobehavioral Determinants of Energy Intake and Childhood Obesity, M.B.E. Livingstone and K. L. Rennie
Childhood Obesity, Physical Activity, and the Environment, A.R. Cooper and A. Page
Interactions Among Physical Activity, Food Choice, and Appetite Control: Health Messages in Physical Activity and Diet, J.E. Blundell, N.A. King, and E. Bryant
Perinatal Influences on Childhood Obesity Risk, D.B. Dunger and K.K. Ong
Childhood Predictors of BMI Trajectories, T. Parsons
THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY
Childhood Obesity in the Community: Treatment, Prevention, and Monitoring of Childhood Obesity in Leeds, U.K, M.J. Rudolf
Obesity Prevention in Childhood and Adolescence: A Review of Systematic Reviews, J.J. Reilly
The Barriers to, and the Facilitators of, Healthy Eating Among Children: Findings from a Systematic Review, J. Thomas, K. Sutcliffe, A. Harden, A. Oakley, S. Oliver, R. Rees, G. Brunton, and J. Kavanagh
Does Food Promotion Influence Children's Diet? A Review of the Evidence, L. McDermott, M. Stead, and G. Hastings
"Childhood Obesity is a collection of reviews of the latest research evidence on childhood obesity; it is written for the most part by British researchers, and clearly conveys both the seriousness of the international public health threat and the inadequacy of current knowledge about what should be done."
-The New England Journal of Medicine, August 2006