Advances in Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child’s health or well-being. As methods to determine body fat directly are difficult, the diagnosis of obesity is often based on BMI, which is determined by the ratio of weight to height. The normal range for BMI in children varies with age and sex. While a BMI above the 85th percentile is defined as overweight, a BMI greater than or equal to the 95th percentile is defined as obesity by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Due to the rising prevalence of obesity in children and its many adverse health effects it is being recognized as a serious public health concern.


In the present book, thirteen typical literatures about childhood obesity published on international authoritative journals were selected to introduce the worldwide newest progress, which contains reviews or original researches on child’s health concerning obesity. We hope this book can demonstrate advances in childhood obesity as well as give references to the researchers, students and other related people.

Components of the Book:
  • Chapter 1
    Research Contributions on Childhood Obesity from a Public-private Partnership
  • Chapter 2
    The Linked CENTURY Study: Linking Three Decades of Clinical and Public Health Data to Examine Disparities in Childhood Obesity
  • Chapter 3
    Educational Outcomes Associated with Childhood Obesity in the United States: Cross-Sectional Results from The 2011–2012 National Survey of Children’s Health
  • Chapter 4
    Trends in Childhood Obesity and Central Adiposity between 1998-2001 and 2010-2012 According to Household Income and Urbanity in Korea
  • Chapter 5
    Proposing a Conceptual Framework for Integrated Local Public Health Policy, Applied to Childhood Obesity - The Behavior Change Ball
  • Chapter 6
    The Association between Breastfeeding and Childhood Obesity: A Meta-Analysis
  • Chapter 7
    A Randomized Controlled Trial to Prevent Childhood Obesity through Early Childhood Feeding and Parenting Guidance: Rationale and Design of Study
  • Chapter 8
    The Effect of an Early Childhood Obesity Intervention on Father’s Obesity Risk Behaviors: The Melbourne InFANT Program
  • Chapter 9
    “It’s a Balance of Just Getting Things Right”: Mothers’ Views about Pre-School Childhood Obesity and Obesity Prevention in Scotland
  • Chapter 10
    Identifying Risk Profiles for Childhood Obesity Using Recursive Partitioning Based on Individual, Familial, and Neighborhood Environment Factors
  • Chapter 11
    Primary Prevention of Childhood Obesity through Counselling Sessions at Swedish Child Health Centres: Design, Methods and Baseline Sample Characteristics of the PRIMROSE Cluster-Randomised Trial
  • Chapter 12
    Unexpected Plateauing of Childhood Obesity Rates in Developed Countries
  • Chapter 13
    Parents’ Willingness to Pay for the Prevention of Childhood Overweight and Obesity
Readership: Students, academics, teachers and other people attending or interested in Advances in Childhood Obesity
Felicia R. Carey
Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living , School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus, The University of Texas, Austin, USA

Young-Ho Khang
Institute of Health Policy and Management, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul, South Korea

Anna-Marie Hendriks
PhD, Academic Collaborative Centre for Public Health Limburg, Regional Public Health Service, Geleen, Netherlands

Elizabeth Reifsnider
PhD, Associate Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA

Adam D. Walsh
PhD, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Australia

Flora Douglas
PhD, Public Health Nutrition Research Group, Rowett Institute of Health and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

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