Obesity and adolescence. A public health concern

Joav Merrick, Liora Birnbaum, Isack Kandel, Mohammed Morad

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    Obesity in adolescence has increased significantly over the past 30-40 years and a recent international comparison study (13 European countries, Israel and the US) showed that the highest prevalence in adolescents was found in the US (12.6% in 13 year old boys, 10.8% in girls; 13.9% in 15 year old boys and 15.1% in 15 year old girls) and the lowest in Lithuania. This increase in adolescence is a public health concern, because most obese adolescents continue their obesity into adulthood with serious risk for chronic disease. Focus should therefore be on prevention programs that increase healthier patterns of lifestyle and physical activity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)387-388
    Number of pages2
    JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004


    • Adolescence
    • Israel
    • Obesity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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