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(p. 156) A Population Approach to Parenting Support for Childhood Obesity 

(p. 156) A Population Approach to Parenting Support for Childhood Obesity
(p. 156) A Population Approach to Parenting Support for Childhood Obesity

Jessica A. Bartlett

, and Matthew R. Sanders

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date: 19 February 2018

Childhood obesity rates are on the rise worldwide. Considering the significant health and economic costs associated with obesity, emphasis must be placed on addressing this public health dilemma from both preventive and treatment perspectives. Evidence-based parent-centered interventions are an effective way to target obesity in children. Parents play a central role in a child’s lifestyle habits. However, parental recruitment and engagement remains problematic. This challenge must be addressed from a population health framework if improvements in childhood obesity rates are to be achieved. This chapter provides a framework for the prevention and management of childhood obesity from a public health perspective. The need for a population approach to evidence-based parenting programs is advocated to shift population-level rates of obesity. The existing research base for such an approach is discussed, along with future directions for clinical practice and research.

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