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Obesity EpidemiologyFrom Aetiology to Public Health$
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David Crawford, Robert W. Jeffery, Kylie Ball, and Johannes Brug

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.001.0001

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Community interventions and initiatives to prevent obesity

Community interventions and initiatives to prevent obesity

(p.395) Chapter 23 Community interventions and initiatives to prevent obesity
Obesity Epidemiology

Carolyn Summerbell

Frances Hillier

Oxford University Press

Communities have been highlighted as key settings for obesity-prevention interventions. Community-based obesity-prevention interventions can target individual behaviour, e.g., through the provision of information, advice, support, and feedback at a group or personal level. These interventions can also target the environment of a community, sometimes through policy changes, so that healthy changes can be made more easily. This chapter provides an overview of the issues and challenges in developing and implementing community-based obesity-prevention intervention programmes. It briefly discusses the quality of available evidence, describes current community-based initiatives and the challenges in designing and managing them, and discusses the nature of the evidence required to inform policy and practice.

Keywords:   obesity prevention, obesity control, community-based intervention, public health interventions, available evidence

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