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Social Determinants of Overweight and Obesity


Le, Q and Chiu, C and Au, BT, Social Determinants of Overweight and Obesity, Health and Well-Being: A Social and Cultural Perspective, Nova Science Publishers, Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 103-116. ISBN 9781611226485 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Though genetics plays a part in an individualís obesity problem, environmental and social factors are the main causes of obesity. Insights gained from research on the links between these factors and the prevalence of obesity are very useful for developing intervention and treatment policies and programs. Two focuses emerged: childhood obesity and inequality in area-level socioeconomic status (SES). Prevalence of obesity is particularly high in low SES neighborhood, compared to high SES areas. Childhood obesity has a strong relationship with the decline in physical activities. Comprehensive strategies and concerted efforts involving individuals, parents, schools, communities, health professionals and various levels of governments are required to effectively manage the obesity epidemic.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:: obesity, overweight, BMI, socioeconomic status, health behaviors, intervention, treatment.
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural sociology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health inequalities
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
UTAS Author:Chiu, C (Ms Cecilia Chiu)
UTAS Author:Au, BT (Dr Thuy Au)
ID Code:69905
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2011-05-24
Last Modified:2017-10-16
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