Environment and policy interventions to prevent obesity in children

Dianne S. Ward, Amy V. Ries and Rachel Tabak

in Childhood Obesity Prevention

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199572915
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595110 | DOI:
Environment and policy interventions to prevent obesity in children

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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

Chapter.  6738 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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