Obesity Policy Research
- Obesity & Cancer Risk fact sheet
- Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth
- Active PA: Obesity Policy Evaluation Research (R01)
- Active PA: School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies, Obesogenic Behaviors, and Weight Outcomes (R01) (R21) (R03)
- Active PA: Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy & Program Evaluation
- Journal article: Fast-food menu offerings vary in dietary quality, but are consistently poor
- The Weight of the Nation [HBO documentary]
- National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research Tools:
- Rationale for Policy Intervention in Reducing Obesity
- Measures of the Food Environment Web Site
Obesity is a risk factor for various types of cancer and for other chronic diseases and conditions such as type II diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Obesity prevalence in the United States has risen substantially in the last 50 years, particularly since the early 1980s. Experiences with tobacco control and other public health initiatives suggest that public policy may be a powerful tool to improve diet and physical activity behavior at the population level.
The Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch (RFMMB) supports various initiatives in obesity policy research, including:
- Promoting research on diet and physical activity that may inform policymaking at local, state or federal levels.
- Measurement of the food and physical activity environments.
A workshop was held in 2012 for the principal investigators of active obesity policy research-related grants. The purpose of the meeting was to increase productivity and promote cross-fertilization among these grantees by identifying common issues, challenges, themes and opportunities for collaboration. A workshop summary report will be forthcoming.
A workshop was held in June, 2007 on considerations for an obesity policy research agenda. A summary paper from the workshop is available.
Robust measures of the food and built environments are required both to enhance our understanding of the causes of variation in diet, physical activity and weight and to form the foundation of research to inform policy. A workshop was held in November, 2007 to assess the state of the science of these environmental measures, examine knowledge gained from research using measurement instruments and methodologies, and define gaps and priorities for future work. A journal supplement from the proceedings of the workshop is available. A searchable, web-based compilation of the peer-reviewed literature measuring the food environment and collection of existing instruments is also available.
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013