Journal article

Reframing the early childhood obesity prevention narrative through an equitable nurturing approach

Helen Skouteris, Heidi J Bergmeier, Scott D Berns, Jeanette Betancourt, Renee Boynton-Jarrett, Martha B Davis, Kay Gibbons, Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Mary Story

MATERNAL AND CHILD NUTRITION | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

High-quality mother-child interactions during the first 2,000 days, from conception to age 5 years, are considered crucial for preventing obesity development during early life stages. However, mother-child dyads interact within and are influenced by broader socio-ecological contexts involved in shaping child development outcomes, including nutrition. Hence, the coexistence of both undernutrition and obesity has been noted in inequitable social conditions, with drivers of undernutrition and overnutrition in children sharing common elements, such as poverty and food insecurity. To date, a holistic life-course approach to childhood obesity prevention that includes an equitable developmental per..

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