Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: May 1, 2007
Publication Date: January 15, 2009
Citation: Jago, R., Thompson, D., O'Donnell, S., Cullen, K., Baranowski, T. 2009. Prevention: Changing children's diet and physical activity patterns via schools, families, and the environment. In: Heinberg, L.J., Thompson, J.K., editors. Obesity in Youth: Causes, Consequences, and Cures. 1st edition. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. p. 183-201. Interpretive Summary: Many children are overweight. Children can gain too much weight when they eat too much, do not get enough activity, or both. In order to help families, prevention programs must be based on the factors that might influence eating and physical activity--at home, school, and in the community. This book chapter focuses on identifying methods to help prevent children from gaining too much weight.
Technical Abstract: This book chapter focuses on identifying intervention approaches to prevent childhood obesity. Childhood obesity results from an energy imbalance whereby the energy consumed (diet) has exceeded the energy expended (resting metabolic rate and physical activity). Obesity prevention relies on understanding the factors that influence that imbalance, such as healthy diet and physical activity, as has been described throughout this book. Therefore, this chapter reviews approaches to change children's diet and physical activity behaviors as a means of preventing childhood obesity.