To battle the obesity epidemic in America, health care professionals and policymakers need relevant, useful data on the effectiveness of obesity prevention policies and programs. Bridging the Evidence Gap in Obesity Prevention identifies a new approach to decision making and research on obesity prevention to use a systems perspective to gain a broader understanding of the context of obesity and the many factors that influence it.
Institute of Medicine. 2010. Bridging the Evidence Gap in Obesity Prevention: A Framework to Inform Decision Making. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/12847.
|2 Obesity Prevention Strategies in Concept and Practice
|3 Rationale for and Overview of the L.E.A.D. Framework
|4 Defining the Problem: The Importance of Taking a Systems Perspective
|5 Specifying Questions and Locating Evidence: An Expanded View
|6 Evaluating Evidence
|7 Assembling Evidence and Informing Decisions
|8 Opportunities to Generate Evidence
|9 Next Steps
|10 Conclusions and Recommendations
|Appendix A: Acronyms and Glossary
|Appendix B: Other Evidence Projects
|Appendix C: Review of Existing Reviews on Obesity Prevention
|Appendix D: Information Sources for Locating Evidence
|Appendix E: An In-Depth Look at Study Designs and Methodologies
|Appendix F: Agendas from Two Workshops
|Appendix G: Committee Member Biographical Sketches
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The video centers on the idea of “cross-sector work.” When considering the challenge of obesity in the U.S., this idea is of particular importance. There are many conflicting theories of what causes obesity, and many ideas of what solutions will work to solve it. There’s a lot of debate about what’s working, and if obesity rates are declining, increasing, or remaining stable. However, from communities where steady drops in obesity rates have been seen, cross-sector approaches to prevention have played a major role.
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