Weight-related problems, including obesity, disordered eating behaviors, and eating disorders, are prevalent in youth and of public health concern. Empirical data from longitudinal studies clearly demonstrate that risk factors typically addressed within eating disorder prevention programs, such as dieting, body dissatisfaction, and exposure to weight-related teasing, are also strong risk factors for excessive weight gain over time. These findings indicate that obesity prevention interventions and policies should aim to reduce these risk factors. New strategies are needed for addressing obesity in youth that are effective, engaging, and free of unintended harmful consequences.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Adolescent medicine: state of the art reviews|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2012|