Determinants of Childhood Adiposity
Energy is required for growth, but the increased incidence of childhood obesity over recent decades indicates the difficulty children have in maintaining an ideal energy balance in the contemporary setting.
Recent changes in diet, including the quality and quantity of food consumption may contribute to obesity in children and a reduction in physical activity may also play a significant role. Opinions are varied as to how the problem of childhood obesity in the general community setting (as distinct from specific clinical cases) should be addressed in countries where food is plentiful and physical activity diminished
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By Richard D. Telford, Ross B. Cunningham, Rohan M. Telford, Malcolm Riley, Walter P. Abhayaratna