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Next Steps in Obesity Prevention: Altering Early Life Systems To Support Healthy Parents, Infants, and Toddlers

Philip R. Nader, Terry T.-K. Huang, Sheila Gahagan, Shiriki Kumanyika, Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, and Ross A. Hammond

Summary

The widespread and increasing prevalence of childhood obesity in America presents a critical public health challenge, prompting the Institute of Medicine to call for new “systems approaches” to obesity treatment and prevention. This paper, published in the focal journal Childhood Obesity, describes the role that “obesogenic systems” play in early life and proposes specific strategies for combating their effects to prevent obesity. The authors support an approach that (a) targets the earliest stages of development and (b) takes a systems perspective, simultaneously implementing changes in multiple sectors and at multiple societal levels.

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