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Losing the War Against Obesity: The Need for a Developmental Perspective

Science Translational Medicine  27 Jul 2011:
Vol. 3, Issue 93, pp. 93cm19
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3002554

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Abstract

Developed countries are struggling to control epidemics of obesity and related chronic diseases; thus, we can expect only limited success from applying the current approaches to the developing world, which is experiencing an alarming increase in such disorders. This failure results in part from the fact that our focus on adult life-styles, although important, ignores data that suggest that biological and cultural factors operating early in life affect adult health status. To stem the rising obesity burden in developing countries, scientists and policy-makers must address obesity-promoting factors from early development to adulthood.

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  • Citation: P. D. Gluckman, M. Hanson, P. Zimmet, T. Forrester, Losing the War Against Obesity: The Need for a Developmental Perspective. Sci. Transl. Med. 3, 93cm19 (2011).

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