Changing perceptions of the childhood obesity epidemic

  • Evans W
  • Renaud J
  • Finkelstein E
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OBJECTIVES: To examine changes in public attitudes about childhood obesity and support for prevention. METHODS: RTI surveyed US households (N = 1047 and N = 1139) about perceived severity, causes, and support for specific obesity interventions. Logistic regressions examined differences in obesity attitudes and support for prevention. RESULTS: Perceived health threat of childhood obesity increased between the 2 surveys. Support increased for interventions such as regulation of restaurant portions and fast food advertising. Logistic regressions revealed differences among sociodemographic groups. CONCLUSIONS: Public support for childhood obesity prevention is increasing. Policy makers can use these findings to develop appropriate prevention strategies.

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  • Adolescence
  • Adult
  • Advertising
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child Health -- Trends -- United States
  • Data Analysis Software
  • Female
  • Food Services
  • Funding Source
  • Human
  • Interviews
  • Logistic Regression
  • Male
  • Middle Age
  • Obesity -- Prevention and Control -- United States
  • Odds Ratio
  • Social Attitudes -- United States
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Survey Research
  • Telephone
  • United States

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  • W D Evans

  • J M Renaud

  • E Finkelstein

  • D B Kamerow

  • D S Brown

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