Simulation models of obesity : a review of the literature and implications for research and policy

Levy, D. T., Mabry, P. L., Wang, Y. C., Gortmaker, S., Huang, T. T.-K., Marsh, T., Moodie, M. and Swinburn, B. 2011, Simulation models of obesity : a review of the literature and implications for research and policy, Obesity reviews, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 378-394, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2010.00804.x.

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Title Simulation models of obesity : a review of the literature and implications for research and policy
Author(s) Levy, D. T.
Mabry, P. L.
Wang, Y. C.
Gortmaker, S.
Huang, T. T.-K.
Marsh, T.
Moodie, M.ORCID iD for Moodie, M.
Swinburn, B.
Journal name Obesity reviews
Volume number 12
Issue number 5
Start page 378
End page 394
Total pages 17
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1467-7881
Keyword(s) obesity
simulation models
Summary Simulation models (SMs) combine information from a variety of sources to provide a useful tool for examining how the effects of obesity unfold over time and impact population health. SMs can aid in the understanding of the complex interaction of the drivers of diet and activity and their relation to health outcomes. As emphasized in a recently released report of the Institute or Medicine, SMs can be especially useful for considering the potential impact of an array of policies that will be required to tackle the obesity problem. The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of existing SMs for obesity. First, a background section introduces the different types of models, explains how models are constructed, shows the utility of SMs and discusses their strengths and weaknesses. Using these typologies, we then briefly review extant obesity SMs. We categorize these models according to their focus: health and economic outcomes, trends in obesity as a function of past trends, physiologically based behavioural models, environmental contributors to obesity and policy interventions. Finally, we suggest directions for future research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2010.00804.x
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920208 Health Policy Evaluation
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, The Authors
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