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Childhood obesity in American Indians.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20689385     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
American Indian youth are affected disproportionately by the epidemic of obesity and its comorbidities compared with other ethnic groups in the United States. Before 10 years of age, 40% to 50% of Indian children of many communities are classified as either overweight or obese by modern definitions in contrast to data from a century ago in which Caucasian and Lakota children were equivalent in weight and body mass index. Multiple etiologies must be addressed to build programs to decrease the prevalence of childhood obesity. While awaiting definitive results from prevention and treatment trials, common-sense approaches such as encouraging healthy diets and increased activity are appropriate. A long-term approach to the community is necessary to improve the health of Indian children: short-term programs that come and go along with varying personnel may not be accepted by the community. We have achieved acceptance in Native American communities, utilizing telecommunications to introduce a family directed program that is then modified and administered by members of the community to ensure that it is culturally acceptable.
Authors:
Dennis M Styne
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1550-5022     ISO Abbreviation:  J Public Health Manag Pract     Publication Date:    2010 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505213     Medline TA:  J Public Health Manag Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  381-7     Citation Subset:  T    
Affiliation:
Davis Medical Center, University of California, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA. dmstyne@ucdavis.edu
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