Determinants of childhood obesity: ANIBES study

Javier Aranceta-Bartrina, Carmen Pérez-Rodrigo


Obesity is a major public health problem, which is associated with physical, psychological and social problems. The prevalence in children and
adolescents has increased dramatically in developed countries and economies in transition in recent decades. It is more common in population
groups with lower educational and socioeconomic status. The increase has been attributed to changes in eating habits, with higher consumption
of highly processed energy dense foods and low consumption of fruits and vegetables. It has also been associated with low levels of physical
activities and with sedentary lifestyles. Some analyses suggest that dietary patterns, physical activity, sedentary lifestyle and sleep time tend to
cluster, so that such combinations could increase the risk of overweight and obesity. It is important to consider the different clustering patterns
of lifestyles when designing intervention strategies for preventive purposes.

Palabras clave

Overweight. Obesity. Children. Adolescents. Dietary patterns. Lifestyles

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