Changing perceptions of the childhood obesity epidemic.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVES: To examine changes in public attitudes about childhood obesity and support for prevention. METHODS: RTI surveyed US households (N = 1047 and N = 1139) about perceived severity, causes, and support for specific obesity interventions. Logistic regressions examined differences in obesity attitudes and support for prevention. RESULTS: Perceived health threat of childhood obesity increased between the 2 surveys. Support increased for interventions such as regulation of restaurant portions and fast food advertising. Logistic regressions revealed differences among sociodemographic groups. CONCLUSIONS: Public support for childhood obesity prevention is increasing. Policy makers can use these findings to develop appropriate prevention strategies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Evans, WD; Renaud, JM; Finkelstein, E; Kamerow, DB; Brown, DS

Published Date

  • March 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 167 - 176

PubMed ID

  • 16533101

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16533101

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-7359

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1087-3244

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5555/ajhb.2006.30.2.167


  • eng