A research agenda to guide progress on childhood obesity prevention in Latin America


Childhood obesity rates in Latin America are among the highest in the world. This paper examines and evaluates the many efforts underway in the region to reduce and prevent further increases in obesity, identifies and discusses unique research challenges and opportunities in Latin America, and proposes a research agenda in Latin America for the prevention of childhood obesity and concomitant non-communicable diseases. Identified research gaps include biological challenges to healthy growth across the life cycle, diet and physical activity dynamics, community interventions promoting healthy child growth, and rigorous evaluation of national food and activity programs and regulatory actions. Addressing these research gaps is critical to advance the evidence-based policy and practice in childhood obesity tailored to the Latin American context that will be effective in addressing obesity

Author(s): L. Kline, J. Jones-Smith, J. Jaime Miranda, M. Pratt, R.S. Reis, J.A. Rivera, J.F. Sallis, B.M. Popkin Originator(s): Obesity reviews (Online), 25 July 2017
Resource added in: 01/08/2017
Objective: We propose a research agenda to guide child obesity prevention and control in Latin America in five areas: (i) biological challenges across the life cycle; (ii) direct and underlying drivers of dietary and physical activity/inactivity patterns; (iii) quality of current surveillance and measurement; (iv) efficacious interventions for healthy behaviour change; and (v) evaluation of current intervention programs and policies and exploration of potential future options. Conducting this research will require cross-disciplinary efforts, a commitment to capacity building [13], and a strong connection between research and policy and practice
Available languages: English
Pediatric Obesity, Health Research Agenda, Latin America, Health Priority Agenda
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