Kline, L., Jones-Smith, J., Miranda, J. J, Pratt, M., Reis, R., Rivera, J. A, Sallis, J. & Popkin, BM. (2017). A research agenda to guide progress on childhood obesity prevention in Latin America. Obesity Reviews,18 Suppl 2D. York. 19-27. United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.12572
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.
Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
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