275023 Role of Epidemiology in Informing Efforts to Accelerate Progress in Obesity Prevention

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 5:00 PM - 5:20 PM

Jamie F. Chriqui, PhD, MHS , Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
The prevalence and incidence of obesity and obesity-related diseases have increased significantly over the past three decades. Today, two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Obesity is a complex health problem. It brings with it enormous human and economic costs, it's hard to treat, and in spite of a great deal of effort to reverse the epidemic, rates are still too high. In response to the urgency of this situation, the Institute of Medicine's Committee to Accelerate Progress in Obesity Prevention (APOP) reviewed hundreds of previously recommended solutions to prevent obesity and developed a road map with five goal areas to help understand and visualize how the most promising strategies could fit together and reinforce each other's effectiveness. This road map calls all of us to account in accelerating progress in obesity prevention over the next decade. A companion to this report included a workshop on Measuring Progress in Obesity Prevention which highlighted strategies and challenges associated with measuring progress in this area. This presentation will review obesity-related trends, summarize the APOP goals and strategies for dealing with this complex and urgent problem, and will highlight roles and opportunities for epidemiologists to play in supporting efforts to evaluate progress in obesity prevention based on recommendations emanating from the Measurement workshop and based on indicators of progress identified by the APOP Committee.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention

Learning Objectives:
Define and discuss the scope and impact of the obesity epidemic globally and in the US. Discuss the strategies recommended by the IOM to combat obesity. Define and discuss opportunities for epidemiologists to support efforts in obesity prevention.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was on the IOM Committee that developed the report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, that will be the focus of my presentation. I am also on the follow-on committee, Evaluating 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.