School education and childhood obesity: A systemic review

Vu Thi Nga, Vo Ngoc Thuy Dung, Dinh Toi Chu, Nguyen Le Bao Tien, Vo Van Thanh, Vo Truong Nhu Ngoc, Le Ngoc Hoan, Nguyen Thi Phuong, Van Huy Pham, Yang Tao, Nguyen Phuong Linh, Pau Loke Show, Duc Lan Do

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Childhood obesity prevalence is shooting up at a phenomenal rate worldwide, leading to long-term devastating consequences. A great number of studies have investigated factors contributing to the increase in BMI of children and adolescents. School-based, home-based and clinic-based solutions have been suggested as possible viable strategies, among which school-based interventions is believed to produce a noticeable effect on a massive scale. However, the question of whether school interventions, especially school education exert significant impact on childhood obesity or not, is left with mixing results. This article aims to holistically review the relationship between school education and childhood obesity. Various factors are covered, including health education, nutrition education, school nutrition, physical education, teachers’ awareness, teaching practice and school stress, In all, school education is not the answer to childhood obesity but just part of it. More attempts from other stakeholders (parents, community, policy makers, researchers, etc.) should be made in order to solve this complicated puzzle.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)2495-2501
Number of pages7
JournalDiabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • Childhood obesity
  • School education
  • School-based


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