PMID: 18459660May 8, 2008Paper

Epidemiology and prevention of obesity in children and adolescents

Revue médicale suisse
Pascal BovetFred Paccaud

Abstract

The epidemic of obesity extends to the entire population, including children and adolescents. Obesity is most often assessed based on age- and sex-specific values of body mass index. In Switzerland, the pediatric prevalence of overweight (including obesity) and obesity are, respectively, 15-20% and 2-5%. The impact of pediatric obesity on health is substantial, particularly because obesity tracks from childhood into adulthood. To be effective, prevention must include both individual-centered approaches and multisectoral interventions that address the societal roots of the obesity epidemic.

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