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An economic perspective on childhood obesity.

Pediatr. Adolesc. Med. 19, 148-159 (2015)
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This review provides an overview on the latest literature on the costs of childhood and adolescent obesity and on the cost-effectiveness of interventions to prevent or manage this problem. Findings on the economic burden of childhood obesity are inconclusive, and the majority of the identified studies found excess healthcare costs for obese compared with normal-weight children by analysing different cost components and age groups. However, there are several limitations to these studies, e.g. short study periods and a strong focus on healthcare costs, disregarding other components of the economic burden of childhood obesity. Economic evaluation studies of childhood and adolescent obesity programmes indicate that cost-effective, in some cases even cost-saving, preventive and management interventions do exist. However, because of the strong variation in methodological aspects, it is difficult to compare preventive and treatment approaches in terms of their cost-effectiveness. To design effective public policies, a better understanding of these economic aspects of childhood and adolescent obesity is necessary. This understanding, however, depends on the collection of additional longitudinal data. Economic evaluation of childhood obesity interventions poses various methodological challenges that should be addressed in further research in order to support decision making.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
ISSN (print) / ISBN 1017-5989
e-ISSN 1662-3886
Konferenztitel Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence
Zeitschrift Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Quellenangaben Band: 19, Heft: , Seiten: 148-159 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Karger
Verlagsort Basel