Understanding the complex factors contributing to the growing childhood obesity epidemic is vital not only for the improved health of the world's future generations, but for the healthcare system. The impact of childhood obesity reaches beyond the individual family and into the public arenas of social systems and government policy and programs. Global Perspectives on Childhood Obesity explores these with an approach that considers the current state of childhood obesity around the world as well as future projections, the most highly cited factors contributing to childhood obesity, what it means for the future both for children and society, and suggestions for steps to address and potentially prevent childhood obesity.
Section I: Epidemiology and Prevalence; Children Obesity: From a Pediatriacian's Viewpoint; Salient Features on Children Obesity from the Viewpoint of Nutritionists; Developmental Trajectories of Weight Status in Childhood and Adolescence; The Measurement and Epidemiology of Childhood Obesity; Good Enough Parenting, Self Regulation and the Management of Weight-Related Problems; Nursing Perspective on Childhood Obesity; Contemporary Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Patterns in US Childhood Obesity; Prediabetes among obese youth; Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: An Emerging Epidemic Among Obese Youth; Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome in US Youth; Section II: Pathophysiology; Emerging Pathways to Child Obesity Starts from the Mother's Womb: A Prospective View; The Social, Cultural and Familial Contexts Contributing to Childhood Obesity; Cardiovascular Risk Clustering in Obese Children; A Link between Maternal and Childhood Obesity; Is Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Obesity Linked to Child Mental Health?; Sleep and Obesity in Children and Adolescents; Cellular remodelling during the growth of the adipose tissue; Children Obesity, Glucose Tolerance, Ghrelin and Prader Willi Syndrome; Insulin Resistance and Glucose Metabolism in Childhood Obesity; Insulin Resistance in Pediatric Obesity - Physiological Effects and Possible Diet Treatment; Role of Fatty Liver Disease in Childhood Obesity; Section III: Psychological and Behavioral Factors; An Overview of Psychological Symptoms in Obese Children; Childhood obesity: Depression, anxiety and recommended therapeutic strategies; The Emotional Impact of Obesity on Children; Psychiatric Illness, Psychotropic Medication and Childhood Obesity; Section IV: Consequences; Childhood Obesity: Public Health Impact and Policy Responses; Childhood Obesity and Juvenile Diabetes; Bone Health in Obesity and the Cross Talk between Fat and Bone;Section V: Prevention and Treatment; A Community-Level Perspective for Childhood Obesity Prevention; School-Based Physical Activity and Nutrition Curriculum in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity; School-Based Obesity Prevention Interventions Show Promising Improvements in the Health and Academic Achievements among Ethnically-Diverse Young Children; School and Community Based Physical Education and Healthy Active Living Programs: Holistic Practices in Hong Kong. Singapore and the USA; Schools as *Laboratories* for Obesity Prevention: Proven Effective Models; Fitness and Fatness in Childhood Obesity: Implications of Physical Activity; Pharmacotherapy in Childhood Obesity;.Beverage Interventions to Prevent Child Obesity; Psychotherapy as an Intervention for Child Obesity; Childhood obesity: Psychological correlates and recommended therapeutic strategies; Dietary Supplements in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity; The Role of Arginine for Treating Obese Youth; Prevention of Childhood Obesity by Natural Products; Section VI: Commentary and Recommendations; The Role of United States' Law to Prevent and Control Childhood Obesity; Childhood Obesity as an Amplifier of Societal Inequality in the United States; Child Obesity, Food Choice and Market Influence; The Role of Media in Childhood Obesity; Evaluation and Management of Childhood Obesity in Primary Care Settings; The Future Directions of Children Obesity and Clinical Management