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Epidemiology of Obesity in Children and Adolescents

Prevalence and Etiology

  • Luis A. Moreno
  • Iris Pigeot
  • Wolfgang Ahrens
  • An authoritative look at global childhood and adolescent obesity Split into two parts: this book provides an overview of the obesity epidemic and in-depth insight into its causes Key experts, leaders in the corresponding fields, summarize the current knowledge of this epidemic


Part of the Springer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health book series (SSEH, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Iris Pigeot, Luis A. Moreno, Wolfgang Ahrens
    Pages 1-6
  3. Dita Wickins-Drazilova, Garrath Williams
    Pages 7-20
  4. Gerardo Rodríguez, Angelo Pietrobelli, Youfa Wang, Luis A. Moreno
    Pages 21-40
  5. Descriptive Epidemiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Yannis Manios, Vassiliki Costarelli
      Pages 43-68
    3. Cynthia L. Ogden, Sarah Connor Gorber, Juan A. Rivera Dommarco, Margaret Carroll, Margot Shields, Katherine Flegal
      Pages 69-93
    4. Cecilia Albala, Camila Corvalan
      Pages 95-110
    5. Masao Yoshinaga, Tomoko Ichiki, Yoshiya Ito
      Pages 153-162
    6. Jessica M. Perkins, S. V. Subramanian
      Pages 163-181
    7. Youfa Wang, Jie Mi, Yexuan Tao, Ping Chen
      Pages 183-194
    8. Wolfgang Ahrens, Luis A. Moreno, Iris Pigeot
      Pages 219-235
  6. Etiological Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Paola Russo, Fabio Lauria, Alfonso Siani
      Pages 239-252
    3. Andreu Palou, M. Luisa Bonet, Francisca Serra, Catalina Picó
      Pages 253-290
    4. Vicente Barrios, Gabriel Ángel Martos-Moreno, Laura M. Frago, Julie A. Chowen, Jesús Argente
      Pages 291-309
    5. Debbie A. Lawlor, George Davey Smith, Richard Martin
      Pages 311-328

About this book


Epidemiology of Obesity in Children and Adolescents Luis Moreno, Iris Pigeot, and Wolfgang Ahrens, editors Despite adults’ best preventive efforts, childhood obesity is on the rise in most areas of the world, and with it the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and other formerly adult-onset conditions. Epidemiology of Obesity in Children and Adolescents takes the global ecological approach that is needed to understand the scope of the problem and its multiple causes and mechanisms, and to aid in developing more effective prevention and intervention programs. In the book’s first half, experts present a descriptive summary of youth obesity trends in ten world regions, broken down by age group, gender, socioeconomic status, and risk factors. Complementing these findings, part two reviews the evidence base regarding the variables, separately and in combination, having the most significant impact on young people’s development of obesity, including: • Genetic and nutrigenomic factors. • Environmental and psychosocial factors, such as family shopping and eating habits and access to healthful foods. • Neuroendocrine regulation. • Prenatal and neonatal factors (e.g., gestational diabetes of the mother). • Dietary factors, from nutrient content to young people’s food preferences. • Physical activity versus sedentary behavior. Epidemiology of Obesity in Children and Adolescents is necessary reading for the range of professionals involved in curtailing this epidemic, including public health specialists, epidemiologists, pediatricians, nurses, nutritionists, psychologists, health educators, and policymakers.


childhood obesity global health pediatric obesity pediatric overweight

Editors and affiliations

  • Luis A. Moreno
    • 1
  • Iris Pigeot
    • 2
  • Wolfgang Ahrens
    • 3
  1. 1.Fac. Ciencias, Inst. Ciencia de Materiales de AragonUniversidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.FB Mathematik und Informatik, Inst. StatistikUniv. BremenBremenGermany
  3. 3.und Sozialmedizin (BIPS)Bremer Institut für PräventionsforschungBremenGermany

About the editors

Luis Moreno Aznar is Professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Iris Pigeot is Professor in the Division of Biometry and Data Management at the University of Bremen, Germany.

Wolfgang Ahrens is Professor in the Division of Epidemiological Methods and Etiologic Research at the University of Bremen.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Epidemiology of Obesity in Children and Adolescents
  • Book Subtitle Prevalence and Etiology
  • Editors Luis A. Moreno
    Iris Pigeot
    Wolfgang Ahrens
  • Series Title Springer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4419-6038-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-5077-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4419-6039-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 500
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epidemiology
    Public Health
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
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Public Health


From the reviews:

“This book brings a global focus to obesity in children and adolescents, a very important topic as the obesity problem reaches pandemic proportions. … The book has appeal for a broad audience that includes both biology and epidemiology students, as well as medical students and practitioners. … This is the first book that I have seen that focuses on obesity in children and adolescents. It is excellent and provides a great deal of value to the field.” (Linda G. Snetselaar, Doody’s Review Service, September, 2011)