Child Obesity and Health

Youfa Wang, Liang Wang

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The childhood obesity epidemic has become a serious global public health problem. Children are different from adults and need special attention and effort in helping them to maintain healthy lifestyle and optimal body weight. Childhood and adolescence are two critical periods for developing lifelong healthy habits. This article discusses childhood obesity-related issues in five sections: (1) classification of childhood obesity; (2) worldwide childhood obesity epidemic; (3) risk factors (predictors) of childhood obesity; (4) health consequences of childhood obesity; and (5) prevention of childhood obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780128037089
ISBN (Print)9780128036785
StatePublished - Oct 6 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Childhood obesity
  • Classification
  • Dietary intake
  • Epidemiology
  • Health consequences
  • Prevention
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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