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Childhood Obesity Interventions—Going Beyond the Individual

Childhood Obesity Interventions—Going Beyond the Individual Opinion EDITORIAL Izzuddin M. Aris, PhD; Jason P. Block, MD The epidemic of childhood obesity remains a significant pub- trial design, children from 24 schools across 3 distinct geo- lic health challenge worldwide. In the US, rates of obesity graphic regions in China were randomly assigned to either an among children of all age groups have tripled from the period intervention promoting healthy behaviors—at the individual 1,2 level via health education lessons, reinforcement of physical 1976 to 1980 to the period 2015 to 2018. In nearly all of Eu- rope, obesity in children aged activity, and weight monitoring and feedback for each child, 5 to 19 years has increased as well as at the family and school levels by engaging families Related article rapidly from 1980 to 2016. and schools to support children’s healthful behavioral Before the COVID-19 pandemic, studies reported that these ris- changes—or a control group that received no such interven- 1,4 ing trends may be plateauing (albeit at a high level) ; decreas- tion. Children in the intervention group were well matched to ing activity and poor nutrition during the pandemic, how- their counterparts in the control group in key sociodemo- ever, might be reversing those http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

Childhood Obesity Interventions—Going Beyond the Individual

JAMA Pediatrics , Volume 176 (1) – Jan 8, 2022

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2021 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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2168-6203
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2168-6211
DOI
10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.4388
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Abstract

Opinion EDITORIAL Izzuddin M. Aris, PhD; Jason P. Block, MD The epidemic of childhood obesity remains a significant pub- trial design, children from 24 schools across 3 distinct geo- lic health challenge worldwide. In the US, rates of obesity graphic regions in China were randomly assigned to either an among children of all age groups have tripled from the period intervention promoting healthy behaviors—at the individual 1,2 level via health education lessons, reinforcement of physical 1976 to 1980 to the period 2015 to 2018. In nearly all of Eu- rope, obesity in children aged activity, and weight monitoring and feedback for each child, 5 to 19 years has increased as well as at the family and school levels by engaging families Related article rapidly from 1980 to 2016. and schools to support children’s healthful behavioral Before the COVID-19 pandemic, studies reported that these ris- changes—or a control group that received no such interven- 1,4 ing trends may be plateauing (albeit at a high level) ; decreas- tion. Children in the intervention group were well matched to ing activity and poor nutrition during the pandemic, how- their counterparts in the control group in key sociodemo- ever, might be reversing those

Journal

JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 8, 2022

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