Author Affiliations: Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia (Dr Frongillo), and Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (Dr Lampl).
Preventing obesity is a major public health priority because of the high health, social, and economic costs associated with it. Obesity is increasingly seen at earlier ages, and prevention of obesity in children is important to lower the risks of the metabolic consequences that lead to disease during childhood and adulthood.
The increase in obesity globally is attributed to multiple forces acting on entire populations to change both social and physical environments and dietary and physical-activity behaviors.1 Successful prevention will involve elimination of, compensation for, and/or buffering of these forces population-wide. Prevention also may benefit from selective intervention for those at highest risk.
Frongillo EA, Lampl M. Early Identification of Children at Risk of Developing Obesity. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(11):1043-1044. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.193