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Progress towards achieving the recommendations of the commission on ending childhood obesity: A comprehensive review and analysis of current policies, actions and implementation gaps in Thailand

Phulkerd, S, Nakraksa, P, Mo-Suwan, L and Lawrence, Mark 2021, Progress towards achieving the recommendations of the commission on ending childhood obesity: A comprehensive review and analysis of current policies, actions and implementation gaps in Thailand, Nutrients, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/nu13061927.

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Title Progress towards achieving the recommendations of the commission on ending childhood obesity: A comprehensive review and analysis of current policies, actions and implementation gaps in Thailand
Author(s) Phulkerd, S
Nakraksa, P
Mo-Suwan, L
Lawrence, MarkORCID iD for Lawrence, Mark orcid.org/0000-0001-6899-3983
Journal name Nutrients
Volume number 13
Issue number 6
Article ID 1927
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2021
ISSN 2072-6643
2072-6643
Keyword(s) childhood obesity
EQUITY
FOOD ENVIRONMENTS
government policy
HEALTH
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Nutrition & Dietetics
Science & Technology
Thailand
Summary Despite a significant commitment to tackling childhood overweight and obesity, questions remain about the progress the Thai Government has made in implementing childhood obesity prevention policies and actions. This study aimed to review and assess the implementation of the government’s policies and actions for childhood obesity prevention in Thailand compared with the recommendations of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity and to identify the implementation gaps. Policy data were collected from governmental and NGO websites and publications and via direct contact with government officials. Stakeholder meetings were held to seek further information and advice on implementation gaps and to give recommendations. The analysis of each policy was conducted against pre-determined criteria formulated from literature assessments and stakeholder consultations. The policies and actions that were implemented by the Government were consistent with 33 broad policy actions and 55 specific policy actions. Preconception and pregnancy care was the policy area that was most implemented. Six broad policy actions were assessed as ‘high’ performance, these were: sugar-sweetened beverage taxation, nutrient labeling, nutrition guidance for preconception and pregnancy care, the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, regulatory measures for supporting maternal breastfeeding, and regulations on the marketing of complementary foods and beverages. Policy coherence and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) were identified as major implementation gaps. Increasing the effectiveness of childhood obesity prevention in Thailand will require national immediate attention towards building infrastructure to enhance coherence among the policies and to put in place M&E mechanisms for each policy.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/nu13061927
Field of Research 0908 Food Sciences
1111 Nutrition and Dietetics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30152717

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