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Korean J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2005 Mar;8(1):49-55. Korean.
Published online Mar 31, 2005.
Copyright © 2005 The Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Evaluation of Web Sites on Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity
Sang Won Shin, Eun Young Kim, Young Il Rho, Eun Seok Yang, Sang Kee Park, Young Bong Park and Kyung Rye Moon
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the quality and problems of Web sites for management of childhood and adolescent obesity.


We evaluated 203 Web sites identified from the search engine, Korean Yahoo, using the word of 'childhood and adolescent obesity'. 203 Web sites were classified according to medical institutions, health information Web sites, beauty shops. etc. We surveyed whether childhood and adolescent obesity distinguished with adult obesity was considered, or not. and researched the unique managements of childhood and adolescent obesity including the cardinal treatment.


Of the 203 Web sites, 157(77.3%) provided detailed information about treatment of obesity, 46(22.7%) provided only simple information about one. The sites providing detailed information were composed of 52.2% of oriental medicine clinics, 35.0% of clinic & hospitals including pediatric hospitals. Distribution of the sites about management of childhood and adolescent obesity distinguished with adult's one was only 23% of oriental medicine clinics, but 93% of childrens hospitals.


Without considering the speciality of childhood obesity, inaccurate information are distributing on internet web sites. It is necessary for concern and development of advertizing system on the internet distributing accurate information about treatment of childhood obesity.

Keywords: Childhood and adolescent obesity; Internet; Web site; Treatment