Can we simultaneously work toward the prevention of obesity and eating disorders in children and adolescents?

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Abstract

Because of the growing prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents, increased attention is being directed toward its prevention. An important question is: Can we simultaneously work toward the prevention of obesity and eating disorders? To address this question, we need to determine (a) if there is a need for integrated approaches; (b) if we can bridge the fields of obesity and eating disorders; (c) if we can foster the development of environments that promote healthy eating and physical activity choices and the acceptance of diverse body shapes and sizes; and (d) if we can work toward the development of interventions that have relevance to a broad spectrum of weight-related conditions and behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-227
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Eating disorders
  • Obesity
  • Prevention

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