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Pediatr Endocrinol Diabetes Metab. 2017;23(3):152-158. doi: 10.18544/PEDM-23.03.0087.

[Prevention of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in European countries].

[Article in Polish; Abstract available in Polish from the publisher]

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1
Students' Scientific Group Department of Immunobiology and Environment Microbiology Medical University of Gdańsk.
2
Department of Immunobiology and Environment Microbiology Medical University of Gdańsk.

Abstract

in English, Polish

In the 21st century the occurrence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents reaches the size of a global epidemic. It is recommended to promote a healthy lifestyle and, above all, to educate children, adolescents and adults about the dangerous consequences of being overweight or obese. It is crucial for prevention programs to comprise educational activities so that the participants are encouraged to change their lifestyle for better. However, it must be borne in mind that the overall effectiveness of such activities is determined by the commitment of both the obese child and the environment - the school or kindergarten and the media. Only integrated efforts can increase patients' awareness and reverse the growing trend in incidence of obesity around the world. This work discusses the current knowledge of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents, as well as the methods of prevention applied in various European countries. The analysis was based on up-to-date epidemiological data available in PubMed, Scopus, and Google Scholar databases.

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PMID:
29253036
DOI:
10.18544/PEDM-23.03.0087
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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