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Childhood Obesity PreventionInternational Research, Controversies and Interventions$
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Jennifer A. O'Dea and Michael Eriksen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572915.001.0001

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The application of public health lessons to childhood obesity prevention

The application of public health lessons to childhood obesity prevention

(p.213) Chapter 19 The application of public health lessons to childhood obesity prevention
Childhood Obesity Prevention

Michael Eriksen

Rodney Lyn

Barbara J. Moore

Oxford University Press

There is no shortage of theories, models, and approaches to help guide public health program planning in relation to the prevention of childhood obesity. This chapter does not propose a comprehensive intervention program for childhood obesity, but rather identifies factors associated with success in other public health areas, both as a result of planned and unplanned interventions. It reviews six factors that may be relevant in preventing childhood obesity. These include the information environment (e.g., marketing, advertising, warning labels, ingredient disclosure, and labeling); access and opportunity (e.g., availability in local stores and schools); economic factors (e.g., taxes); the legal and regulatory environment (e.g., restrictions on public sales, laws, food fortification); and prevention and treatment programs and the social environment (e.g. changing social norms).

Keywords:   education, health promotion, health education, obesity, prevention, intervention, program, planning, marketing, advertising

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