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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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Environment and policy interventions to prevent obesity in children

Environment and policy interventions to prevent obesity in children

(p.321) Chapter 28 Environment and policy interventions to prevent obesity in children
Childhood Obesity Prevention

Dianne S. Ward

Amy V. Ries

Rachel Tabak

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents environmental and policy interventions which have demonstrated an impact on a measure of body weight or been successful in improving eating or physical activity behaviours among children aged 2 to 18. It presents the types of macro- and micro-environmental and policy interventions that have been conducted, what areas seem promising, and where major gaps exist. The chapter discusses various interventions to prevent childhood obesity from around the world, community approaches, and approaches that suggest environmental changes including physics, economic, and political environments. The chapter also puts forward a discussion of interventions that target policy changes such as policy that address laws and regulations as well as formal and informal rules.

Keywords:   physical activity, eating, policy interventions, community approaches, environmental changes, policy changes

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