The Complex Quest of Preventing Obesity in Early Childhood: Describing Challenges and Solutions Through Collaboration and Innovation

Anna Lene Seidler, Brittany J. Johnson, Rebecca K. Golley, Kylie E. Hunter

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Abstract

Childhood obesity remains a major public health issue and priority area for action. Promisingly, obesity prevention interventions in the first 2000 days of life have shown modest effectiveness in improving health behaviours and healthy weight status in children. Yet, researchers in this field face several challenges. This can lead to research waste and impede progress towards delivering effective, scalable solutions. In this perspective article, we describe some of the key challenges in early childhood obesity prevention and outline innovative and collaborative solutions to overcome these. Combining these solutions will accelerate the generation of high-quality evidence that can be implemented into policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number803545
Number of pages9
JournalFrontiers in Endocrinology
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

Keywords

  • children
  • family
  • innovative methods
  • intervention
  • obesity prevention

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