Table 2

Some interventions strategies that could be considered for prevention of childhood obesity

I. Built environment

1. Walking network

a. Footpaths (designated safe walking path)

b. Trails (increasing safety in trails)

2. The cycling network

a. Roads (designated cycling routes)

b. Cycle paths

3. Public open spaces (parks)

4. Recreation facilities (providing safe and inexpensive recreation centers)

II. Physical activity

1. Increasing sports participation

2. Improving and increasing physical education time

3. Use school report cards to make the parents aware of their children's weight problem

4. Enhancing active modes of transport to and from school

a. Walking e.g. walking bus

b. Cycling

c. Public transport

III. TV watching

1. Restricting television viewing

2. Reducing eating in front of the television

3. Ban or restriction on television advertising to children

IV. Food sector

1. Applying a small tax on high-volume foods of low nutritional value (e.g. soft drinks, confectionery, and snack foods)

2. Food labeling and nutrition 'signposts' (e.g. logos for nutritious foods)

3. Implementing standards for product formulation


Dehghan et al. Nutrition Journal 2005 4:24   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-4-24

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