The need for bold action to prevent adolescent obesity.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

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

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