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A Comparison of School-Based and Clinic-Based Interventions for the Prevention and Control of Childhood Obesity

Reeners, Kathryn Zella (2008) A Comparison of School-Based and Clinic-Based Interventions for the Prevention and Control of Childhood Obesity. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.

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    In the United States, obesity is becoming an ever increasing problem, especially among youth. The prevalence of adult obesity-related health complications, until recently were only seen in adults, are arising within the youth population. The increasing rate of childhood obesity is of public health importance; if not properly dealt with now, the current generation of children will grow up and face serious health complications both in their late childhood and adult years.To address this epidemic, two approaches that can be utilized are school-based and clinical based interventions. Even though each type of intervention takes place in a different setting, the same basic principles of nutrition education, healthy eating and physical activity are addressed. While each of the two types of interventions has strengths and weaknesses, the overall goals of both school-based and clinic-based interventions are a reduction in weight and increase in the health of the children participating in the intervention.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmail
    Committee ChairTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberButler, Jamesjbutler9@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberGrubs, Robin Ergrubs@pitt.edu
    Title: A Comparison of School-Based and Clinic-Based Interventions for the Prevention and Control of Childhood Obesity
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: In the United States, obesity is becoming an ever increasing problem, especially among youth. The prevalence of adult obesity-related health complications, until recently were only seen in adults, are arising within the youth population. The increasing rate of childhood obesity is of public health importance; if not properly dealt with now, the current generation of children will grow up and face serious health complications both in their late childhood and adult years.To address this epidemic, two approaches that can be utilized are school-based and clinical based interventions. Even though each type of intervention takes place in a different setting, the same basic principles of nutrition education, healthy eating and physical activity are addressed. While each of the two types of interventions has strengths and weaknesses, the overall goals of both school-based and clinic-based interventions are a reduction in weight and increase in the health of the children participating in the intervention.
    Date: 26 June 2008
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 03 April 2008
    Approval Date: 26 June 2008
    Submission Date: 06 April 2008
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
    URN: etd-04062008-165004
    Uncontrolled Keywords: childhood obesity; Obesity interventions components
    Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:34
    Last Modified: 20 Apr 2012 11:35
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04062008-165004/, etd-04062008-165004

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