Socio-Economic Status and Obesity in Childhood

  • Fiona Johnson
  • Michelle Pratt
  • Jane Wardle
Part of the Springer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health book series (SSEH, volume 2)


Historically, obesity was a disease of affluence; while the wealthy were able to afford ample, energy-dense food, the poor often went hungry. This pattern can still be seen in many developing countries, where lower socio-economic status (SES) is associated with food insecurity, inadequate energy intake, and malnutrition among both adults and children (UN FAO 2009). In such situations, obesity continues to be largely the preserve of those of greater affluence, although there is some evidence that this pattern is beginning to change as Western diets are increasingly adopted by middle and lower income urban populations within developing countries (Mendez et al. 2005; Wang and Lobstein 2006).


Food Insecurity Child Obesity Food Purchasing Home Food Environment Overweight Mother 
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  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Health Behaviour Research Centre, Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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