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What health educators need to know : a review of strategies and approaches in the management of obesity Woo, Paula


This paper examines educational strategies and approaches used to treat and prevent obesity. Drawing from the current literature as well as internet and televised media on the treatment and prevention of overweight and obesity, four approaches along a continuum of individualistic and participatory paradigms are identified: treatment, behavioural change, community engagement and environmental approach. Turning from the causes of obesity to possible solutions, the rest of the paper discusses the importance of the health educator‟s role in understanding limitations of each of these paradigms.

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