Perspectives on childhood obesity

Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2002 Jun;4(3):244-50. doi: 10.1007/s11894-002-0070-7.


The high prevalence of overweight and obesity in children in the United States over the past 30 years makes it a topic of great interest. This article reviews the current understanding of childhood obesity, including its causes, effects, persistence into adulthood, and treatment. Societal and familial influences are addressed, as well as genetic factors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Diet
  • Energy Intake
  • Exercise
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Obesity* / complications
  • Obesity* / epidemiology
  • Obesity* / surgery
  • Physical Fitness
  • Prevalence
  • Public Health