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Center for Weight and Health. University of California, Berkeley, College of Natural Resources, School of Public Health, 1999 to present. Center for Weight and Health, 2180 Dwight Way, Suite C, Berkeley, CA 94704. http://www.cwh.berkeley.edu. Accessed April 23, 2013.
Obesity is a worldwide problem affecting different age groups. Several risk factors are associated with obesity; these include, but are not limited to, physical inactivity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and even death.
Various factors predispose the onset of obesity, such as dietary intake, sedentary lifestyle, and genetics. This Web site includes information to help prevent some risk factors associated with obesity, and thus will help decrease morbidity and mortality rates not just in the US, but worldwide, because the Web site is accessible to a larger number of people.
Upon entering the site, areas are shown that the Center for Weight and Health identify within a community as being part of the solution to preventing childhood obesity. Information for child care, schools, cooperative extensions, and so forth is provided. Within each area, the Web site provides information for partnering with communities, evaluating programs, informing policy, sharing best practices, and providing tools to prevent child obesity. The site is well organized and resources are relevant to ways to improve the health of children and their families in diverse settings. All information provided is evidence-based and up-to-date, not just about adolescents, but also those who are under 5 years of age, who are usually underrepresented. Information about deaths attributed to obesity and how to calculate them, as well as US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention growth charts are easily found; thus, readers will find answers to all of their queries just with a click.
Numerous valuable and interesting resources are included that could be easily accessed by individuals with different educational backgrounds, including but not limited to health professionals, but also members of the general population who want to obtain basic, simple, and professional information about obesity, physical activity, and related topics. For example, under most topics there is a section about Reports and Reviews. Instead of linking to the article, the Web site summarizes it.
The Web site also has a search function for further information and ways to contact the Center. Most articles can be downloaded for those who need more details about certain topics. As a nutrition professional, after navigating all the icons in the Web sites, this author found it easy to search through the Web site and get valuable information in a short time. Furthermore, the Center offers the opportunity of joining a list serve, to be notified about information available on the Web site. Subscribers are sent detailed information about upcoming events such as seminars and their objectives and presenters.
It would be attractive if international issues were presented. Studies conducted with participants from developing and developed countries would attract an international audience. Also, current research and ongoing projects could not be found on the Web site. Information about the latest updates needs to be provided. It would also be attractive if some of the fact sheets were presented in different languages, so as to target non-English natives.
The readers of JNEB will definitely benefit from the information presented in the Web site because it provides information about educational materials and focuses on the nutritional health of the nations.
Cite this article as El Shikieri ABIM.Center for Weight and Health [Educational Material Review]. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014;46:88.e1-e2.
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