Etiologies of obesity in children: nature and nurture.

  title={Etiologies of obesity in children: nature and nurture.},
  author={Joseph Arnold Skelton and Megan Bennett Irby and Joseph G. Grzywacz and Gary Miller},
  journal={Pediatric clinics of North America},
  volume={58 6},
  pages={1333-54, ix}
Childhood obesity is a profoundly complex problem and serves as an example of a biospsychosocial issue. Scientific inquiry has provided incredible insight into the complex etiology of weight gain but must be viewed as an interaction between a human's propensity to conserve calories for survival in a world with an abundance of it. This article provides a brief overview divided between biological (nature) and psychosocial and behavioral (nurture) factors. 
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