Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation


Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation


This report provides recommendations, strategies, and action steps for implementation by policymakers and others to help combat and prevent obesity. It identifies strategies that individually have the greatest potential reach and impact on preventing obesity, based on research evidence and the current level of progress in each area. For each strategy, the report also suggests a set of actions that are likely to make a positive contribution to that strategy's achievement based on research evidence or, where evidence is lacking or limited, have a logical connection with its achievement.

This report focuses on five goals for preventing obesity:

  1. Integrating physical activity into people's daily lives
  2. Making healthy food and beverage options available everywhere
  3. Transforming marketing and messages about nutrition and activity
  4. Making schools a gateway to healthy weights
  5. Galvanizing employers and health care professionals to support healthy lifestyles



Institute of Medicine

Funding Sources:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Release Date: 2012
Original Summary: October 2012
Last Updated: 04/24/13

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