Global Perspectives on Childhood Obesity

Current Status, Consequences and Prevention

Edited by

  • Debasis Bagchi, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, TX, USA

Understanding the complex factors contributing to the growing childhood obesity epidemic is vital not only for the improved health of the world's future generations, but for the healthcare system. The impact of childhood obesity reaches beyond the individual family and into the public arenas of social systems and government policy and programs. Global Perspectives on Childhood Obesity explores these with an approach that considers the current state of childhood obesity around the world as well as future projections, the most highly cited factors contributing to childhood obesity, what it means for the future both for children and society, and suggestions for steps to address and potentially prevent childhood obesity.

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Nutritionists, Dieticians, Clinicians dealing with a broad range of factors that attribute to childhood obesity and health


Book information

  • Published: September 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374995-6

Table of Contents


Section I: Epidemiology and Prevalence

    1.Children Obesity: From a Pediatriacian’s Viewpoint

      2. Salient Features on Children Obesity from the Viewpoint of Nutritionists

        3. Developmental Trajectories of Weight Status in Childhood and Adolescence

          4. The Measurement and Epidemiology of Childhood Obesity

          5. Good Enough Parenting, Self Regulation and the Management of Weight-Related Problems

            6. Nursing Perspective on Childhood Obesity

            7. Contemporary Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Patterns in US Childhood Obesity

              8. Prediabetes among obese youth

              9. Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: An Emerging Epidemic Among Obese Youth

                10. Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome in US Youth

                Section II: Pathophysiology

                  11. Emerging Pathways to Child Obesity Starts from the Mother’s Womb: A Prospective View

                    12. The Social, Cultural and Familial Contexts Contributing to Childhood Obesity

                      13. Cardiovascular Risk Clustering in Obese Children

                      14. A Link between Maternal and Childhood Obesity

                      15. Is Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Obesity Linked to Child Mental Health?

                      16. Sleep and Obesity in Children and Adolescents

                        17. Cellular remodelling during the growth of the adipose tissue

                          18. Children Obesity, Glucose Tolerance, Ghrelin and Prader Willi Syndrome

                          19. Insulin Resistance and Glucose Metabolism in Childhood Obesity

                            20. Insulin Resistance in Pediatric Obesity – Physiological Effects and Possible Diet Treatment

                              21. Role of Fatty Liver Disease in Childhood Obesity

                              Section III: Psychological and Behavioral Factors

                                22. An Overview of Psychological Symptoms in Obese Children

                                23. Childhood obesity: Depression, anxiety and recommended therapeutic strategies

                                24. The Emotional Impact of Obesity on Children

                                25. Psychiatric Illness, Psychotropic Medication and Childhood Obesity

                                Section IV: Consequences

                                  26. Childhood Obesity: Public Health Impact and Policy Responses

                                  27. Childhood Obesity and Juvenile Diabetes

                                  28. Bone Health in Obesity and the Cross Talk between Fat and Bone

                                  Section V: Prevention and Treatment         

                                    29. A Community-Level Perspective for Childhood Obesity Prevention

                                      30. School-Based Physical Activity and Nutrition Curriculum in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity

                                      31. School-Based Obesity Prevention Interventions Show Promising Improvements in the Health and Academic Achievements among Ethnically-Diverse Young Children

                                        32. School and Community Based Physical Education and Healthy Active Living Programs: Holistic Practices in Hong Kong. Singapore and the USA

                                          33. Schools as *Laboratories* for Obesity Prevention: Proven Effective Models

                                          34. Fitness and Fatness in Childhood Obesity: Implications of Physical Activity

                                            35. Pharmacotherapy in Childhood Obesity

                                            36. Beverage Interventions to Prevent Child Obesity

                                            37. Psychotherapy as an Intervention for Child Obesity

                                            38. Childhood obesity: Psychological correlates and recommended therapeutic strategies

                                            39. Dietary Supplements in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity

                                            40. The Role of Arginine for Treating Obese Youth

                                              41. Prevention of Childhood Obesity by Natural Products

                                              Section VI: Commentary and Recommendations

                                                42. The Role of United States’ Law to Prevent and Control Childhood Obesity

                                                43. Childhood Obesity as an Amplifier of Societal Inequality in the United States

                                                44. Child Obesity, Food Choice and Market Influence

                                                45. The Role of Media in Childhood Obesity

                                                46. Evaluation and Management of Childhood Obesity in Primary Care Settings

                                                47. The Future Directions of Children Obesity and Clinical Management