Track 6: Prevention and etiology

Abstract

The prevalence of obesity is increasing in many parts of the world. As a consequence, the priority of obesity prevention has risen on the public health agenda. In many cases, these policies and programs are aimed at prevention of obesity in children and adolescents. Although this is important, this emphasis is neglecting several key observations: most of the obesity starts in adulthood the absolute risk of morbidity at high BMI increases sharply with age throughout adulthood. interventions aimed at promoting physical activity and modifying dietary habits are not less successful at older ages than at younger ages. This leads to the conclusion that in terms of effi ciency (cost-effectiveness) prevention programs in adults may actually be more benefi cial than those in children and adolescents. The implications are that, besides programs aimed at prevention of obesity in children and adolescents, new strategies are urgently needed for weight prevention throughout adulthood. In young people, such programs are usually school-based interventions. In adults we need to explore good alternatives for this. The possibilities include work-site programs and aligning with the existing programs aimed at preparing adults for their retirement. There may be many other creative ways to address health promotion issues in adults, which should not be overlooked. Abstracts

DOI: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0802670

Cite this paper

@article{Seidell2004Track6P, title={Track 6: Prevention and etiology}, author={Jacob C. Seidell}, journal={International Journal of Obesity}, year={2004}, volume={28}, pages={S32-S37} }