Why do kids drink so much soda? Why don't they get much exercise? Research suggests that our obesity problem is related to our "obesogenic" environment—one that encourages us to eat too much and exercise too little.
In the previous section we examined child and adult behaviors that contribute to excessive weight gain in children. But these behaviors don't exist in a vacuum. The environment influences people's behavior. In this section, we'll assess how environmental factors influence behaviors related to excessive weight gain in children.
After completing this section, you should be able to:
- Identify environmental contributors to childhood weight status
- Describe the reasons for assessing and addressing environmental factors related to childhood obesity
- Describe four dimensions of the environment related to healthy eating and active living
- Assess environmental factors that contribute to excessive weight gain in children in your community
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Cornell NutritionWorks: Preventing Childhood Obesity
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