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Nutr Rev. 2017 Jan;75(suppl 1):79-84. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuw035.

Behavioral intervention in the treatment of obesity in children and adolescents: implications for Mexico.

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1
E. Jelalian and E. Whitney Evans are with the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI, USA. elissa_jelalian@brown.edu.
2
E. Jelalian and E. Whitney Evans are with the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.

Abstract

Pediatric obesity is a worldwide health epidemic affecting both developed and developing countries. Mexico ranks second to the United States in rates of pediatric obesity. Obesity among youth has immediate and long-term consequences on physical and psychosocial development, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and health-related quality of life. Eventual amelioration of this epidemic will require change at the level of the family and community, along with policy initiatives to support healthier eating and activity habits. Evidence-based interventions for overweight/obese youth include family-based lifestyle programs that incorporate attention to diet quantity and quality, physical activity, sedentary behavior, and behavioral strategies to support change. While much of this research has been conducted in the United States, several recent studies suggest the efficacy of similar approaches for youth in Mexico.

KEYWORDS:

adolescents; behavioral intervention; diet; pediatric obesity; physical activity

PMID:
28049752
PMCID:
PMC5207006
DOI:
10.1093/nutrit/nuw035
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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