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Social and environmental interventions to reduce childhood obesity: a systematic map of reviews

By Angela Harden


This report describes a systematic map of existing research reviews relating to social and environmental interventions aimed at reducing or preventing obesity and overweight. Its focus is on research which has included children and young people. The research questions were as follows: • What are the methodological characteristics and scope of reviews which have been conducted on ‘social and environmental’ interventions for reducing or preventing obesity and obesityrelevant behaviours? • What types of interventions are evaluated and which outcomes do the reviews measure? • What is the focus of each review and how reliable are the findings? • How do researchers conceptualise ‘social and environmental’ interventions? • What does this work suggest in the way of future research priorities

Publisher: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London
Year: 2008
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