Obesity is a serious, chronic medical condition which is associated with a wide range of debilitating and life-threatening conditions.
It imposes huge financial burdens on health care systems and the community at large.
Obesity develops over time and once it has done so, is difficult to treat.
Therefore, the prevention of weight gain offers the only truly effective means of controlling obesity.
Very little research has directly addressed the issue of obesity prevention and previous efforts to prevent obesity amongst individuals, groups or whole communities have had very limited success.
However, we have learned sufficient from past preventive activities to realise that the management of obesity will require a comprehensive range of strategies with actions that target those with existing weight problems, those at high risk of developing obesity as well as the community as a whole.
The prevention and management of obesity in children should be considered a priority as there is a high risk of persistence into adulthood.
Mots-clés Pascal : Obésité, Campagne de masse, Facteur risque, Prévention, Stratégie recherche, Enfant, Homme, Environnement social, Education santé, Article synthèse, Diététique, Etat nutritionnel, Trouble nutrition
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Obesity, Mass campaign, Risk factor, Prevention, Search strategy, Child, Human, Social environment, Health education, Review, Dietetics, Nutritional status, Nutrition disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0417738
Code Inist : 002B22B. Création : 19/12/1997.