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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

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

Frances Hillier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.003.0023

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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