Children's health has made tremendous strides over the past century. In general, life expectancy has increased by more than thirty years since 1900 and much of this improvement is due to the reduction of infant and early childhood mortality. Given this trajectory toward a healthier childhood, we begin the 21st-century with a shocking development—an epidemic of obesity in children and youth. The increased number of obese children throughout the U.S. during the past 25 years has led policymakers to rank it as one of the most critical public health threats of the 21st-century.
Preventing Childhood Obesity provides a broad-based examination of the nature, extent, and consequences of obesity in U.S. children and youth, including the social, environmental, medical, and dietary factors responsible for its increased prevalence. The book also offers a prevention-oriented action plan that identifies the most promising array of short-term and longer-term interventions, as well as recommendations for the roles and responsibilities of numerous stakeholders in various sectors of society to reduce its future occurrence. Preventing Childhood Obesity explores the underlying causes of this serious health problem and the actions needed to initiate, support, and sustain the societal and lifestyle changes that can reverse the trend among our children and youth.
Institute of Medicine. 2005. Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11015.
|2 Extent and Consequences of Childhood Obesity||54-78|
|3 Developing An Action Plan||79-124|
|4 A National Public Health Priority||125-152|
|5 Industry, Advertising, Media, and Public Education||153-192|
|6 Local Communities||193-236|
|9 Confronting the Childhood Obesity Epidemic||319-326|
|Appendix A: Acronyms||327-330|
|Appendix B: Glossary||331-338|
|Appendix C: Literature Review||339-342|
|Appendix D: Lessons Learned from Public Health Efforts and Their Relevance to Preventing Childhood Obesity||343-376|
|Appendix E: Workshop Programs||377-382|
|Appendix F: Biographical Sketches||383-394|
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The video centers on the idea of “cross-sector work.” When considering the challenge of obesity in the U.S., this idea is of particular importance. There are many conflicting theories of what causes obesity, and many ideas of what solutions will work to solve it. There’s a lot of debate about what’s working, and if obesity rates are declining, increasing, or remaining stable. However, from communities where steady drops in obesity rates have been seen, cross-sector approaches to prevention have played a major role.
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