The high prevalence of overweight and obesity is an important determinant of avoidable burden of disease in the Netherlands and worldwide. Preventing excessive weight gain among children and adolescents can contribute to reducing this burden. The present thesis adds to the knowledge on obesity related risk behaviours, determinants of these risk behaviours and the prevention of excessive weight gain. In addition, this thesis evaluates the effects of FATaintPHAT, a computer-tailored intervention aimed at the prevention of excessive weight gain among adolescents. This introductory chapter provides background information to the studies presented in this thesis.

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Financial support by the Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC. Rotterdam and the Erasmus University Rotterdam for the publication of this thesis are gratefully acknowledged
J.P. Mackenbach (Johan) , J. Brug (Hans)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Ezendam, N. (2011, September 29). VETisnietVET : studies on the prevention of excessive weight gain among adolescents. Retrieved from