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A research agenda to guide progress on childhood obesity prevention in Latin America

TitleA research agenda to guide progress on childhood obesity prevention in Latin America
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsKline, L, Jones-Smith, J, Jaime Miranda, J, Pratt, M, Reis, RS, Rivera, JA, Sallis, JF, Popkin, BM
JournalObesity Reviews
Volume18
Pagination19-27
Type of ArticleArticle
KeywordsChildhood obesity, Latin America, research agenda
Abstract

Childhood obesity rates in Latin America are among the highest in the world. This paper examines and evaluates the many efforts underway in the region to reduce and prevent further increases in obesity, identifies and discusses unique research challenges and opportunities in Latin America, and proposes a research agenda in Latin America for the prevention of childhood obesity and concomitant non-communicable diseases. Identified research gaps include biological challenges to healthy growth across the life cycle, diet and physical activity dynamics, community interventions promoting healthy child growth, and rigorous evaluation of national food and activity programs and regulatory actions. Addressing these research gaps is critical to advance the evidence-based policy and practice in childhood obesity tailored to the Latin American context that will be effective in addressing obesity. © 2017 The Authors. Obesity Reviews published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of World Obesity