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A Multi-agent Simulation: The Case of Physical Activity and Childhood Obesity

  • Rabia AzizaEmail author
  • Amel Borgi
  • Hayfa Zgaya
  • Benjamin Guinhouya
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 290)

Abstract

Engaging in a regular physical activity appears to be an important factor in the prevention of childhood obesity, which became one of the major public health challenges worldwide. The literature suggests that the relationship between physical activity and obesity is complex with many intervening factors that come from different aspects of the child’s life. Yet, so far, the proposed models do not include all of the identified factors. The main objective of this study is to simulate the child’s behavior within his/her social and physical environments in order to understand precisely the relationship between the PA and childhood obesity. This paper proposes a simulation model using the multi-agent paradigm.

Keywords

Complex Systems Simulation Multi-Agent Systems Epidemiology Childhood Obesity Physical Activity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rabia Aziza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Amel Borgi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hayfa Zgaya
    • 3
  • Benjamin Guinhouya
    • 3
  1. 1.LIPAH research laboratoryTunis-El Manar UniversityTunisTunisia
  2. 2.High Institute of Computing/ISIArianaTunisia
  3. 3.EA 2994, Public Health: Epidemiology and Healthcare Quality, Faculty for Health engineering and management/ILISUniversity Lille IILilleFrance

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