271064 Highlights from the New IOM Report on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Jamie F. Chriqui, PhD, MHS , Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention , The National Academies, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC
Background and Purpose: The epidemic of overweight and obesity in the United States has substantial and long-term human and societal costs. Treating obesity after it develops is difficult and despite major health improvements in other areas that have been achieved over the past century, relatively slow progress has been made in reversing national obesity rates. While a large number of promising population-based programs and interventions are currently being supported, implemented, and evaluated, there is a growing need to identify a set of obesity prevention actions that can accelerate meaningful change on a societal level. The Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention was convened to address this urgent need. This presentation will review the Committee's recommendations. Methods: The committee was tasked to review past obesity prevention-related recommendations, identify a set of evidence-based recommendations determined to be critical intervention targets for making substantive progress in obesity prevention over the next decade, and to recommend indicators to act as markers of progress in implementing these actions. Results: The Committee's report will be released in May 2012. The presentation will provide an overview of the committee's evidence-based recommendations, strategies, and action steps; an explanation of the committee's decision-making process in forming the recommendations; and a discussion that would inform attendees on how they can disseminate and help to implement the recommendations in their spheres of influence. Conclusions: With obesity rates at epidemic levels, obesity prevention actions that can accelerate meaningful change on a societal level are urgently needed.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Assess the recommendations and overarching goals for accelerating progress in obesity prevention. 2. Discuss how the recommended strategies and action steps will help to achieve the overarching goals. 3. Describe the individuals and groups that are essential for stimulating action toward the acceleration of obesity prevention.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of Policy Surveillance and Evaluation for the Health Policy Center and a Research Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I have nearly 20 years of experience conducting public health policy research, evaluation, and analysis with an emphasis on obesity, substance abuse, tobacco control, and other chronic disease-related policy issues. I am a member of the IOM Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.