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Management and prevention of obesity and its complications in children and adolescents


Batch JA, Baur LA

Set: Obesity
Type: Report
Region: International (other)

Obesity in children and adolescents has reached alarming levels ラ 20%ヨ25% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese, and 4.9% of boys and 5.4% of girls are obese. Rates of obesity have increased significantly in Australia from 1985 to 1995, with the prevalence of overweight doubling and obesity trebling. Body mass index is recommended as a practical measure of overweight and obesity in children, and is used in monitoring individual progress in clinical practice. Obesity in childhood and adolescence may be associated with a range of medical and psychological complications, and can predispose individuals to serious health problems in adult life, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidaemia and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Obesity interventions for which there is some evidence include family support, a developmentally appropriate approach, long-term behaviour modification, dietary change, and increased physical activity and decreased sedentary behaviour. This article presents an overwiew of the growing obesity epidemic. It discusses its aetiology, management, prevention, tratment and contributing factors such as environmental influences and genetics. It also highlights the risks and health consequenses of obesity.



Rights: © Batch J.A and Baur L.A.
Suggested citation:

Batch JA, Baur LA. (2005) Management and prevention of obesity and its complications in children and adolescents [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 15th November 2018].


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