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April 6, 2009

Self-regulation and Obesity Prevention: A Valuable Intersection Between Developmental Psychology and Pediatrics

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(4):386-387. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2008.576

Childhood obesity is a complex problem that intrigues and sometimes frustrates those trying to prevent it. A positive result of this challenge is that it has brought together talented scholars from diverse disciplines, ranging from architecture, to neuroscience, to social work. With the catalyst of obesity, these scholars are engaged in conversations and even reading and writing about obesity in each other's peer-reviewed journals. In this exchange, there is an opportunity for scholars to share the core concepts of their respective disciplines. This interdisciplinary dialogue could produce benefits for children and families that go beyond the prevention of obesity.