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Confidence of health professionals in public health approaches to obesity prevention.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10490809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: To assess the views of professionals working in the obesity field on the potential usefulness and feasibility of implementing different types of public health prevention strategies. METHOD: A questionnaire listing 20 public health strategies was mailed to pre-registrants of an international obesity prevention symposium. Respondents were asked to rate how useful and how feasible they felt each of the listed actions would be for the prevention of obesity in their home countries. The list included education-based strategies aimed at changing individual behaviour as well as more radical measures aimed at reducing population exposure to obesity-promoting factors in the environment. RESULTS: A 32% response was obtained. Education-based strategies were seen to be both useful and feasible. Less confidence was expressed in strategies aimed at changing the environment. CONCLUSION: People working in the obesity field tend to feel most comfortable with education-based prevention strategies. Implementation of environment-based strategies needed to encourage and support behaviour change may require the involvement of people from relevant sectors outside the obesity field.
Authors:
V J Antipatis; S Kumanyika; R W Jeffery; A Morabia; C Ritenbaugh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders : journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0307-0565     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Obes. Relat. Metab. Disord.     Publication Date:  1999 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-11-18     Completed Date:  1999-11-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9313169     Medline TA:  Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1004-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
International Obesity TaskForce, Public Health and Policy Division, Rowett Research Institute, Greenburn Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen AB21 9SB, Scotland, UK. vja@rri.sari.ac.uk
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Humans
Obesity / prevention & control*
Public Health* / methods
Questionnaires
World Health

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