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Childhood Obesity Prevention: International Research, Controversies and Interventions

Jennifer A. O'Dea and Michael Eriksen


This book brings together up-to-date research and experience of some of the most highly regarded childhood obesity prevention researchers, practitioners, and theorists. Controversial issues include whether or not schools should measure students' weight for height; how researchers can properly measure and interpret such data whilst taking into account its many limitations; what to do (or not to do) with any data collected; how best to involve school staff and teachers; and whether to combine childhood obesity prevention within the broader prevention of eating disorders, dieting, and disordered ... More

Keywords: overweight, prevalence, health education, prevention, health promotion, school health, social injustice, socioeconomic status, SES, social class

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572915
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer A. O'Dea, editor
Associate Professor of Health Education and Nutrition Education, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia

Michael Eriksen, editor
Director of the Institute of Public Health, Georgia State University, USA

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Section 1 Controversial issues in childhood obesity prevention

Chapter 2 Stigma and BMI screening in schools, or ‘Mom, I hate it when they weigh me’

Lynne M. MacLean, Mechthild Meyer, Audrey Walsh, Kathryn Clinton, Lisa Ashley, Stephanie Donovan, and Nancy Edwards

Section 2 Prevalence and factors associated with childhood obesity

Chapter 7 A review of prevalence and trends in childhood obesity in the United States

Cynthia L. Ogden, Margaret D. Carroll, and Katherine M. Flegal

Chapter 13 Trends in obesity and hypertension in South African youth

K.D. Monyeki, H.C.G. Kemper, and J.W.R. Twisk

Chapter 14 Childhood obesity—recent trends in Sweden including socioeconomic differences

Elinor Sundblom, Agneta Sjöberg, Jennie Blank, and Lauren Lissner

Chapter 16 Trends in Israel

Joav Merrick, Efrat Merrick-Kenig, and Mohammed Morad

Section 3 Approaches to prevention

Chapter 23 The role of health professionals

Kelley DeVane Hart and Bonnie A. Spear

Section 4 Interventions

Chapter 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

Chapter 26 Interventions targeting childhood obesity involving parents

Nancy Espinoza, Guadalupe X. Ayala, and Elva M. Arredondo

Chapter 32 Physical activity programmes in high schools

Fiona Brooks and Josephine Magnusson

Chapter 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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