Obesity is an epidemic in today's "obesogenic" society, a society that encourages excess food consumption but also idealizes thinness (Golan & Crow, 2004). One at-risk population that is gathering much attention, and much concern, is children. Obesity is the most frequent nutritional disorder in children (von Kries et al., 1999). Recent numbers indicate that the prevalence of obesity in children (ages six-11) has doubled, from seven percent in 1980 to 15.3 percent in 2000; the prevalence for adolescents (ages 12-19) has tripled, from five percent in 1980 to 15.5 percent in 2000 (AOA, 2004).
International Journal of Global Health and Health Disparities
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McKenna, Ashley R.
"Breast Feeding and Childhood Obesity,"
International Journal of Global Health and Health Disparities, 3(1), 73-79.
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