Perspective from The New England Journal of Medicine — Are Americans Ready to Solve the Weight of the Nation?
By Colleen L. Barry, Ph.D., M.P.P., Sarah E. Gollust, Ph.D., and Jeff Niederdeppe, Ph.D.
"If people think obesity is all about individuals and parents making bad choices, they will be much less likely to embrace changes in schools, communities and food marketing practices aimed at creating healthier environments," - Colleen L. Barry, Ph.D., M.P.P.
The Institute of Medicine has laid out a clear and compelling vision for accelerating change on obesity prevention, and its recommendations are too important to rely on the hope that public awareness of the obesity crisis alone will catalyze change. Comprehensive, evidence-based communication campaigns, along with grassroots community mobilization, cross-sector advocacy, political champions, and a favorable political environment, are needed to accelerate the transition from vision to action.
Read the report online for free: http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13275