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A community based systems diagram of obesity causes

Allender, Steven, Owen, Brynle, Kuhlberg, Jill, Lowe, Janette, Nagorcka-Smith, Phoebe, Whelan, Jill and Bell, Colin 2015, A community based systems diagram of obesity causes, PLoS One, vol. 10, no. 7, Article no: e0129683, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129683.

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Title A community based systems diagram of obesity causes
Author(s) Allender, Steven
Owen, Brynle
Kuhlberg, Jill
Lowe, Janette
Nagorcka-Smith, Phoebe
Whelan, Jill
Bell, ColinORCID iD for Bell, Colin orcid.org/0000-0003-2731-9858
Journal name PLoS One
Volume number 10
Issue number 7
Season Article no: e0129683
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Place of publication San Francisco, CA
Publication date 2015-07-08
ISSN 1932-6203
Summary INTRODUCTION: Application of system thinking to the development, implementation and evaluation of childhood obesity prevention efforts represents the cutting edge of community-based prevention. We report on an approach to developing a system oriented community perspective on the causes of obesity. METHODS: Group model building sessions were conducted in a rural Australian community to address increasing childhood obesity. Stakeholders (n = 12) built a community model that progressed from connection circles to causal loop diagrams using scripts from the system dynamics literature. Participants began this work in identifying change over time in causes and effects of childhood obesity within their community. The initial causal loop diagram was then reviewed and elaborated by 50 community leaders over a full day session. RESULTS: The process created a causal loop diagram representing community perceptions of determinants and causes of obesity. The causal loop diagram can be broken down into four separate domains; social influences; fast food and junk food; participation in sport; and general physical activity. DISCUSSION: This causal loop diagram can provide the basis for community led planning of a prevention response that engages with multiple levels of existing settings and systems.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0129683
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074517

Document type: Journal Article
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