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Obesity prevention for socially disadvantaged children and adolescents




This project was part of the Prevention Research Programme operated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It strived for better obesity prevention for socially disadvantaged boys and girls in the age from 12-16 years. The project consisted of
i) an explorative research phase
ii) the development of prevention measures
iii) the transfer of the project results to practice.

AOK Niedersachsen (a health insurance) was the main cooperation partner of the project. Transfer to practise was also supported by AOK Baden-Württemberg, the German Nutrition Society, the Ministry for Rural Regions and Nutrition of the German State of Baden-Württemberg, and the Ministry of the Environment and Conservation, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The project was conducted in cooperation with the Institute for Sociology of the University of Hannover (coordination) and the KATALYSE Institute for Applied Environmental Research and ZIRN.

As a part of the explorative research phase ZIRN conducted a CIB analysis of the social, psychological and pysiological causes of obesity. An expert panel worked out a qualitative model of the development of obesity in socially disadvantaged boys and girls. CIB was used to analyse the model and to discuss several measures against obesity risks.

The results of the CIB analysis are published in:

Weimer-Jehle W., Deuschle J., Rehaag R. (2012): Familial and societal causes of juvenile obesity — a qualitative model on obesity development and prevention in socially disadvantaged children and adolescents. Journal of Public Health, 20(2), 111-124.


Project duration: 2009 - 2012


Project staff ZIRN (now ZIRIUS):

Juergen Deuschle M.A.
Dr. Wolfgang Weimer-Jehle


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