Setting population targets for measuring successful obesity prevention

Backholer, Kathryn, Walls, Helen L., Magliano, Dianna J. and Peeters, Anna 2010, Setting population targets for measuring successful obesity prevention, American journal of public health, vol. 100, no. 11, pp. 2033-2037, doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.200337.

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Title Setting population targets for measuring successful obesity prevention
Author(s) Backholer, KathrynORCID iD for Backholer, Kathryn
Walls, Helen L.
Magliano, Dianna J.
Peeters, AnnaORCID iD for Peeters, Anna
Journal name American journal of public health
Volume number 100
Issue number 11
Start page 2033
End page 2037
Total pages 5
Publisher American Public Health Association
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2010-11
ISSN 1541-0048
Keyword(s) Adult
Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Body Mass Index
Health Services Needs and Demand
Middle Aged
Models, Theoretical
Organizational Objectives
Weight Gain
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Summary In 2008, The Council of Australian Governments set a target to increase by 5% the proportion of Australian adults at a healthy body weight by 2017, over a 2009 baseline. Target setting is a critical component of public health policy for obesity prevention; however, there is currently no context within which to choose such targets. We analyzed the changes in current weight gain that would be required to meet Australian targets. By using transition-based multistate life tables to project obesity prevalence, we found that meeting national healthy weight targets by 2017 will require a 75% reduction in current 5-year weight gain. A reliable model of future body weight prevalence is critical to set, evaluate, and monitor national obesity targets.
Language eng
DOI 10.2105/AJPH.2010.200337
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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