The need for bold action to prevent adolescent obesity.


Journal Article (Review)

Record levels of obesity in children and adolescents are predictable in light of powerful conditions that promote high consumption of calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods and discourage physical activity. Default conditions for youth are dangerous, and include multiple and relentless forms of marketing, poor foods promoted in schools, and a variety of other conditions that undermine personal resources, individual responsibility, and parental authority. This article discusses how optimal defaults can be created using five issues as examples: framing of the obesity issue, treating versus preventing obesity, nutrition in schools, marketing, and addressing weight bias and discrimination. By adopting a public health approach that addresses the conditions causing obesity, there is hope of reversing troubling trends in prevalence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brownell, KD; Schwartz, MB; Puhl, RM; Henderson, KE; Harris, JL

Published Date

  • September 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 3 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • S8 - 17

PubMed ID

  • 19699441

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19699441

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1972

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1054-139X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.03.004


  • eng