Potential Contributors to the Canadian Pediatric Obesity Epidemic

Potential Contributors to the Canadian Pediatric Obesity Epidemic

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dc.contributor.author Saunders, Travis John
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-09T18:31:21Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-09T18:31:21Z
dc.date.created 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-12-09
dc.identifier Travis Saunders, “Potential Contributors to the Canadian Pediatric Obesity Epidemic,” ISRN Pediatrics, vol. 2011, Article ID 917684, 10 pages, 2011. doi:10.5402/2011/917684 en_US
dc.identifier.other 10.5402/2011/917684 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.isrn.com/journals/pediatrics/2011/917684/cta/ en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10393/20477
dc.description.abstract As a group, Canadian children and youth are heavier than at any time in the recent past. However, to date there has been no critical examination of the factors which are likely to have contributed to these deleterious trends. A review of the evidence suggests that there is robust evidence supporting the role of reduced sleep, increased sedentary time, increased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, and secular increases in adult obesity as contributing factors to the current epidemic of childhood obesity. There is moderate evidence that these trends are related to changes in either total energy intake or physical activity, while there is very little evidence supporting the role of maternal age, breastfeeding, exposure to endocrine disrupters, or inadequate calcium intake. These findings suggest that targeting sleep, sedentary time, and sugar-sweetened beverage intake in Canadian children and youth may help to prevent future weight gain at the population level. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Obesity, pediatrics, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, diet en_US
dc.title Potential Contributors to the Canadian Pediatric Obesity Epidemic en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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