Overcoming obesity: An initial economic analysis – McKinsey & Company – November 2014

Posted on November 24, 2014. Filed under: Health Economics, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Overcoming obesity: An initial economic analysis – McKinsey & Company – November 2014

“A new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) discussion paper, Overcoming obesity: An initial economic analysis, seeks to overcome these hurdles by offering an independent view on the components of a potential strategy. MGI has studied 74 interventions (in 18 areas) that are being discussed or piloted somewhere around the world to address obesity, including subsidized school meals for all, calorie and nutrition labeling, restrictions on advertising high-calorie food and drinks, and public-health campaigns. We found sufficient data on 44 of these interventions, in 16 areas.”

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Obesity: perception and policy – multi-country review and survey of policymakers – C3 Collaborating for Health – launched 29 May 2014

Posted on June 24, 2014. Filed under: Health Policy, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Obesity: perception and policy – multi-country review and survey of policymakers – C3 Collaborating for Health – launched 29 May 2014

“Over the last few decades, rates of obesity have been rapidly rising, first across the developed world and, more recently, in developing countries. The health impacts can be myriad and serious, and the implications for individuals and for governments – including increasing health-care costs and falling economic output – are clear. Policymakers will be faced with the financial consequences of obesity – and they are well placed to take action to control the epidemic and its health repercussions. However, are their perceptions of obesity and obesity policy accurate? Do they appreciate the extent of the epidemic, the drivers of obesity, and the tools and actions that need to be taken to make a difference?

To address these questions, the European Association for the Study of Obesity, with C3 Collaborating for Health, commissioned a survey of policymakers’ attitudes towards and knowledge of obesity issues. It built on a successful survey of policymakers carried out in three countries in 2013 (England, Spain and the United States), extending it to a further eight (Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Mexico). The survey found that policymakers would benefit from greater awareness of the extent of obesity and overweight (and particularly the latter) in their countries, with a better appreciation of ‘what works’ and the impact of obesity-prevention and -management programmes. If policymakers have solid knowledge of the extent of the problem and the existing evidence on successful interventions, national policies are more likely to be put in place that adequately address the reality of tackling obesity in the population.”

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Institute of Medicine. The Current State of Obesity Solutions in the United States: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014

Posted on June 16, 2014. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

Institute of Medicine. The Current State of Obesity Solutions in the United States: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014

“Description

For the first time in decades, promising news has emerged regarding efforts to curb the obesity crisis in the United States. Obesity rates have fallen among low-income children in 18 states, the prevalence of obesity has plateaued among girls, regardless of ethnicity, and targeted efforts in states such as Massachusetts have demonstrably reduced the prevalence of obesity among children. Although the reasons for this turnaround are as complex and multifaceted as the reasons for the dramatic rise in obesity rates in recent decades, interventions to improve nutrition and increase physical activity are almost certainly major contributors. Yet major problems remain. Diseases associated with obesity continue to incur substantial costs and cause widespread human suffering. Moreover, substantial disparities in obesity rates exist among population groups, and in some cases these disparities are widening. Some groups and regions are continuing to experience increases in obesity rates, and the prevalence of severe obesity is continuing to rise.

The Current State of Obesity Solutions in the United States is the summary of a workshop convened in January 2014 by the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Solutions to foster an ongoing dialogue on critical and emerging implementation, policy, and research issues to accelerate progress in obesity prevention and care. Representatives of public health, health care, government, the food industry, education, philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and academia met to discuss interventions designed to prevent and treat obesity. The workshop focused on early care and education, schools, worksites, health care institutions, communities and states, the federal government, and business and industry. For each of these groups, this report provides an overview of current efforts to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and reduce disparities among populations.”

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Actions to Encourage Healthy Weight and Healthy Lifestyles – NZ Ministry of Health – 27 May 2014

Posted on May 28, 2014. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Actions to Encourage Healthy Weight and Healthy Lifestyles – NZ Ministry of Health – 27 May 2014

“Encouraging families to live healthy lives – by making good food choices, being physically active, sustaining a healthy weight, not smoking and drinking alcohol only in moderation – is part of the Government’s approach to promoting good health.

As in many countries around the world, obesity and its associated health problems are increasing in New Zealand. A high body mass index is now one of the top three risk factors contributing to ill health and disability, and reduced life expectancy. The costs of the consequences of obesity are shouldered not only by individuals and families, but also by our communities, our health services and the whole of society.

A number of steps are being taken to help New Zealanders improve their nutrition, increase their physical activity and to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Drivers of obesity are complex and are shaped by biological, environmental, and social influences. International evidence on what is effective in reducing obesity is still evolving; there is agreement that multiple actions across a range of sectors and settings are required to cover both prevention and treatment.

The purpose of this publication is to outline for the public, in a single place, the many and varied actions being taken to help New Zealanders improve their nutrition, increase their physical activity and to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.”

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Weight Management Economic Assessment Tool [for public health professionals] – Public Health England – 28 April 2014

Posted on May 1, 2014. Filed under: Health Economics, Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Weight Management Economic Assessment Tool [for public health professionals] – Public Health England – 28 April 2014

“The newly developed tool will help local authorities (LAs) to assess the financial benefit of adult weight management programmes to prevent and reduce obesity. LAs will now be able to compare the cost of a programme with potential future healthcare savings that may result. This will help them in their ongoing efforts to achieve a decline in obesity rates by 2020.

The tool estimates the health impact of weight loss in any group of adults who have participated in a programme. The tool is accessible, easy to use and allows users to enter their own local data which will produce forecasts for up to 25 years.”

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AusDiab 2012: the Australian diabetes, obesity and lifestyle study – Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute – 19 August 2013

Posted on August 26, 2013. Filed under: Diabetes | Tags: , , |

AusDiab 2012: the Australian diabetes, obesity and lifestyle study – Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute – 19 August 2013

ISBN: 0-9578310-3

“The Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle study (AusDiab) is the first national Australian longitudinal population-based
study to examine the prevalence and incidence of diabetes and its complications, as well as high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney disease.”

Media release: Results of Twelve Year Study of Australian Adults’ Health Status Unveiled

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Marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children: update 2012–2013 – WHO Regional Office for Europe – 18 June 2013

Posted on June 19, 2013. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Dietetics, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children: update 2012–2013 – WHO Regional Office for Europe – 18 June 2013

Media release: Lax marketing regulations contribute to obesity crisis in children

“WHO calls for tighter controls on the marketing to children of foods high in saturated and trans fats, free sugars and salt, in order to fight childhood obesity. Tightening restrictions on marketing is central to this fight, according to a new report from WHO/Europe: “Marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children”.”

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NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Liver Disease – RightCare – March 2013

Posted on March 26, 2013. Filed under: Alcohol & Drug Dep., Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , , , |

NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Liver Disease – RightCare – March 2013

“Liver Disease – a growing epidemic

Premature death from chronic liver disease is rising, largely as a result of lifestyle issues such as alcohol, drug-taking and obesity. There is significant local variation in these mortality rates, with deprivation a key factor.

During 1993-2010, there was an 88% rise in England in age-standardised mortality rate from chronic liver disease.

In 2011, the Department of Health estimated the cost of alcohol misuse to the NHS was £3.5bn. Over 24% of the population (33% of men, 16% of women) consume alcohol in a way that is potentially or actually harmful. In England, alcohol dependence affects 1m people aged 16-64 years. It is estimated that as few as 6% of these receive treatment.

Up to 10-20% of the population are potentially at some risk of developing some liver damage, while 600,000-700,000 individuals actually have a significant degree of damage.

Exposing variation

The NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Liver Disease uses data sets in the form of maps to reveal the extent of variations in services and outcomes.

This Atlas reveals widespread variation:

in the prevalence of risk factors for liver disease, including Hepatitis infection, obesity and alcohol abuse
in emergency admissions and routine treatments and operations
in the expenditure on liver disease services accross the NHS”

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Developing a Specification for Lifestyle Weight Management Services: Best Practice Guidance for Tier 2 Services – UK – 19 March 2013

Posted on March 20, 2013. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Developing a Specification for Lifestyle Weight Management Services: Best Practice Guidance for Tier 2 Services – UK – 19 March 2013

“This document provides best practice guidance to help improve the commissioning of weight management services in local areas.

It is aimed at local authorities, in particular Directors of Public Health, and commissioners of weight management services.

The document includes:

■explanatory notes for developing a specification for tier 2 lifestyle weight management services
■two best practice example service specifications, one for adults and one for children
■information on outcomes that a commissioner should expect from a tier 2 service”

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The wellbeing of young Australians: technical report – Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth – March 2013

Posted on March 15, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Status, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , , |

The wellbeing of young Australians: technical report – Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth – March 2013

ISBN 978-1-921352-40-9

Extract:

“The ARACY Report Card is unique, because it compares indicators of wellbeing for children and young people (aged 0–24 years) for the total Australian population, the Indigenous Australian population and international comparators. This comparison provides an international ‘barometer’ of the health and wellbeing of children and young people that can be used to guide policy direction in Australia.

The ARACY Report Card indicates Australia’s strengths and weaknesses, and points to areas where policies are required to improve outcomes for children and young people.”

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No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy – Ontario Healthy Kids Panel – 4 March 2013

Posted on March 8, 2013. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Status | Tags: |

No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy – Ontario Healthy Kids Panel – 4 March 2013

“Parents in Ontario want their children to grow up healthy, happy and ready to succeed in life. But, childhood overweight and obesity are undermining children’s health. Almost one in every three children in Ontario is now an unhealthy weight. The problem is more severe in boys than girls, and in Aboriginal children.

Overweight and obesity are threatening our children’s future and the future of our province, which looks to its children for the next generation of citizens and leaders. If our children are not healthy, then our society will not flourish. Overweight and obesity also threaten the sustainability of our health care system. In 2009, obesity cost Ontario $4.5 billion. To create a different future, we must act now!”

Media release

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Challenges and Opportunities for Change in Food Marketing to Children and Youth – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 4 March 2013

Posted on March 5, 2013. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , , |

Challenges and Opportunities for Change in Food Marketing to Children and Youth – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 4 March 2013

Full text
“The childhood obesity epidemic is an urgent public health problem, and it will continue to take a substantial toll on the health of Americans. The most recent data show that almost a third of U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Children are exposed to an enormous amount of commercial advertising and marketing for food. In 2009, children age 2-11 saw and average of more than 10 television food ads per day. Internet-based advergames, cell phones, and social network marketing create even more avenues for children to be exposed to food advertisements. The marketing of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and beverages is linked to overweight and obesity. A 2006 IOM report provided evidence that television advertising influences the food and beverage preferences, requests, and short-term consumption of children.

To review progress and explore opportunities for action on food and beverage marketing that targets children and youth, the IOM’s Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention hosted a workshop on November 5, 2012. The workshop featured presentations and discussion on contemporary trends in marketing of foods and beverages to children and youth and the implications of those trends for obesity prevention. This document summarizes the workshop.”

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Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England 2013 – NHS Information Centre – 20 February 2013

Posted on February 25, 2013. Filed under: Health Status | Tags: |

Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England 2013 – NHS Information Centre – 20 February 2013

“Hospitals in England reported 11,740 inpatient admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity in 2011/12, new analysis from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows today.

This is one per cent more than in 2010/11 (11,570) and triple the number recorded five years earlier (3,860 in 2006/07).

Female admissions were almost three times the number of male admissions (8,740 compared to 2,990); continuing the recent pattern of female admissions being substantially higher than male admissions.”

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Measuring up: The medical profession’s prescription to the nation’s obesity crisis – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 15 February 2013

Posted on February 21, 2013. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Measuring up: The medical profession’s prescription to the nation’s obesity crisis – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 15 February 2013

“Medical professionals – from surgeons and psychiatrists to paediatricians and GPs – have set out their recommendations for tackling obesity in a report published today by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC).
 
Measuring up: the medical profession’s prescription for the nation’s obesity crisis follows a 6-month inquiry by a steering group comprising representatives from 20 of the Royal Medical Colleges and Faculties.
 
The report presents an action plan for future campaigning activity, setting out 10 recommendations for healthcare professionals, local and national government, industry and schools which it believes will help tackle the nation’s obesity crisis.”

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Action on obesity: comprehensive care for all – Royal College of Physicians report of a working party – January 2013

Posted on January 9, 2013. Filed under: Health Status | Tags: , |

Action on obesity: comprehensive care for all – Royal College of Physicians report of a working party – January 2013

Media release: NHS must step up to obesity challenge.

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Action on obesity: Comprehensive care for all – Royal College of Physicians – 1 January 2013

Posted on January 4, 2013. Filed under: Health Status, Preventive Healthcare | Tags: , |

Action on obesity: Comprehensive care for all – Royal College of Physicians – 1 January 2013

“Obesity is an increasing and costly public health problem which is not being addressed by current services or policy. This new report confronts the issues, and sets out how the NHS should adapt to meet the demands of an increasingly obese nation.”

Media release

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Exposing the Charade: the failure to protect children from unhealthy food advertising – Obesity Policy Coalition [Australia] – 12 November 2012

Posted on November 13, 2012. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Exposing the Charade: the failure to protect children from unhealthy food advertising – Obesity Policy Coalition [Australia] – 12 November 2012

Media release:  Investigation finds inherent conflict of interest in self-regulation 

“Today, the Obesity Policy Coalition, a coalition of leading health bodies, has released one of the most comprehensive investigations into Australia’s self-regulatory system for food marketing ever undertaken.

Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the OPC, said the detailed analysis illustrated how the advertising codes that claim to protect children from junk food advertising had resolutely failed. Further, the report highlighted the litany of loopholes being used by the processed food industry to continue to promote their products despite childhood obesity sitting at record levels.

“We have rigorously interrogated the current system and found it has failed in three key ways:”

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Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities – CDC Div of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) – 2012

Posted on October 22, 2012. Filed under: Health Status, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) – 2012

“The purpose of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities is to increase the capacity of state health departments and their partners to work with and through communities to implement effective responses to obesity in populations that are facing health disparities. The Toolkit’s primary focus is on how to create policy, systems, and environmental changes that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity. For the purpose of this Toolkit, “policy” refers to procedures or practices that apply to large sectors which can influence complex  systems in ways that can improve the health and safety of a population. States are already conducting activities to address obesity across populations. This Toolkit provides guidance on how to supplement and compliment existing efforts. It provides evidence-informed and real-world examples of addressing disparities by illustrating how the concepts presented can be promoted in programs to achieve health equity using three evidence-informed strategies as examples:
1. Increasing access to fruits and vegetables via healthy food retail with a focus on underserved communities.
2. Engaging in physical activity that can be achieved by increased opportunities for walking with a focus on the disabled community, and other subpopulations that face disparities.
3. Decreasing consumption of sugar drinks with an emphasis on access to fresh, potable (clean) water with a particular focus on adolescents and other high consumers.

Though the Toolkit utilizes these three strategies as examples, the planning and evaluation process described in the Toolkit can be applied to other evidence-informed strategies to control and prevent obesity.”

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National Obesity Observatory [NHS] – Standard evaluation frameworks

Posted on October 5, 2012. Filed under: Health Status, Research | Tags: , , |

National Obesity Observatory [NHS] – Standard evaluation frameworks

“NOO has now produced three Standard Evaluation Frameworks (SEFs):

SEF for weight management interventions (published March 2009)
SEF for physical activity interventions (published September 2012)
SEF for dietary interventions (published September 2012)

The aim of the Standard Evaluation Frameworks (SEF) is to support high quality, consistent evaluation of weight management, diet and physical activity interventions in order to increase the evidence base.

The SEFs provide introductory guidance on the principles of evaluation, and list ‘essential’ and ‘desirable’ criteria. Essential criteria are presented as the minimum recommended data for evaluating a weight management intervention. Desirable criteria are additional data that would enhance the evaluation. Supporting guidance describes why particular criteria have been categorised as essential or desirable, and provides further information on collecting data. The SEFs are essential reading to those commissioning, running or evaluating weight management, diet or physical activity interventions.”

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Memorandum: An update on the [English] government’s approach to tackling obesity – July 2012

Posted on July 20, 2012. Filed under: Health Economics, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Memorandum: An update on the [English] government’s approach to tackling obesity – July 2012

National Audit Office

“This update was prepared for the Public Accounts Committee. It outlines the government’s approach to tackling obesity in England.

The total cost to the economy of being overweight or obese was estimated as some £16 billion in 2007, and is forecast to rise to £50 billion per year by 2050 if the problem is left unchecked. The government outlined its ambitions in October 2011, to tackle excess weight in adults by 2020. Current trends suggest that achieving these ambitions will be challenging.”

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Alliances for Obesity Prevention: Finding Common Ground – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 11 May 2012

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

Alliances for Obesity Prevention: Finding Common Ground – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 11 May 2012

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“What do obesity prevention groups have in common with the Federal Reserve and the National Gardening Association? In October 2011, the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention hosted a workshop in order to hear from organizations, movements, and sectors with the potential to be allies for obesity prevention, and to identify common ground and engender dialogue among them. The workshop speakers discussed how to develop innovative alliances that can bring synergies to efforts and resources, accelerate progress, and sustain efforts toward obesity prevention. They explored common ground for joint activities and mutual successes, and lessons learned from efforts at aligning diverse groups with goals in common. This document summarizes the workshop.”

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Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation – National Academies Press – 2012

Posted on May 9, 2012. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation – National Academies Press – 2012

ISBN-10: 0-309-22154-4     ISBN-13: 978-0-309-22154-2

“Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention is the basis of Weight of the Nation, a multipronged project, which will shed new light on the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue and explore how obesity is impacting our nation and the health care system. This project will feature a series of four documentary films, a three-part HBO Family series, 14 bonus short films, a social media campaign, a companion book, and a nationwide community-based outreach campaign. The four-part documentary series – which will air May 14 and 15 – and other facets of the initiative were developed with expert input from IOM as well as CDC and NIH.”

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The Weight of the Nation – Groundbraking multi-part documentary series on the obesity epidemic debuts May 14 and 15 exclusively on HBO [US] – 16 April 2012

Posted on April 20, 2012. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

The Weight of the Nation – Groundbraking multi-part documentary series on the obesity epidemic debuts May 14 and 15 exclusively on HBO [US] – 16 April 2012

Press release

About the documentary:

“Bringing together the nation’s leading research institutions, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

The centerpiece of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION campaign is the four-part documentary series, each featuring case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity. The first film, CONSEQUENCES, examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. The second, CHOICES, offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. The third, CHILDREN IN CRISIS, documents the damage obesity is doing to our nation’s children. Through individual stories, this film describes how the strong forces at work in our society are causing children to consume too many calories and expend too little energy; tackling subjects from school lunches to the decline of physical education, the demise of school recess and the marketing of unhealthy food to children. The fourth film, CHALLENGES, examines the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry.”

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Measuring Progress in Obesity Prevention – Workshop Report – Institute of Medicine – 23 February 2012

Posted on February 27, 2012. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Measuring Progress in Obesity Prevention – Workshop Report – Institute of Medicine – 23 February 2012

Full text

“Nearly 69 percent of U.S. adults and 32 percent of children are either overweight or obese, creating an annual medical cost burden that may reach $147 billion. The physical environments and the kinds of foods available where people live and work, the marketing and media messages they receive, and the public policies that govern their lives all play a major role in their diets and physical activity levels. Researchers and policy makers are eager to identify improved measures of environmental and policy factors that contribute to obesity prevention.

The IOM formed the Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention to review the IOM’s past obesity-related recommendations, identify a set of recommendations for future action, and recommend indicators of progress in implementing these actions. The committee held a workshop in March 2011 about how to improve measurement of progress in obesity prevention. The workshop was an opportunity for the committee to discuss opportunities and challenges related to measurement and to hear from experts in relevant fields, including public health, economics, nutrition, media studies and communication, marketing, and public policy. This document summarizes the workshop.”

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IOM Partners in ‘The Weight of the Nation,’ A New National Initiative to Engage Individuals, Communities in Confronting Obesity Crisis – 2012

Posted on January 18, 2012. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare | Tags: , |

IOM Partners in ‘The Weight of the Nation,’ A New National Initiative to Engage Individuals, Communities in Confronting Obesity Crisis

Text taken from an email alert from the Institute of Medicine

“As obesity continues to diminish the quality of people’s lives and raise health care costs, the Institute of Medicine is pleased to join HBO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente in developing “The Weight of the Nation,” a new national campaign tackling the obesity crisis.

The Weight of the Nation will shed new light on the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue and explore how obesity is impacting our nation and the health care system. This multipronged project will feature a series of four documentary films, a three-part HBO Family series, 14 bonus short films, a social media campaign, a companion book, and a nationwide community-based outreach campaign. The four-part documentary series — which HBO announced will air May 14 and 15 — and other facets of the initiative were developed with expert input from IOM as well as CDC and NIH.”

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Obesity and injury in Australia: a review of the literature – AIHW – 3 November 2011

Posted on November 3, 2011. Filed under: Health Status | Tags: , , |

Obesity and injury in Australia: a review of the literature – AIHW – 3 November 2011

authors: Norton L, Harrison JE, Pointer S & Lathlean T

“Obesity and injury are major health burdens on society. Possible relationships between obesity and injury have recently been reported, but their nature and extent has been unclear. This report presents summary information from an overview of the existing literature to investigate obesity injury relationships. It also surveys opportunities to fill relevant gaps in knowledge in Australia.”

ISSN 1444-3791; ISBN 978-1-74249-227-8; Cat. no. INJCAT 136; 40pp

Media release – Report suggests obesity increases risk of injury

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Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England – HM Government – 13 October 2011

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England – HM Government – 13 October 2011

“This document sets out how the new approach to public health will enable effective action on obesity and encourages a wide range of partners to play their part.”

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Equality analysis.  Standard template for DH staff – October 2011

“As part of the new approach to obesity, the Government also makes clear that, given the different levels of risk faced by different groups, it is vital that action on excess weight reduces health inequalities. It emphasises that particular attention needs to be given to specific socioeconomic and ethnic groups and to disabled people and people with mental health needs.”

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Collection of Resources on Evaluation – CoRE – National Obesity Observatory NHS

Posted on September 27, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Collection of Resources on Evaluation – CoRE – National Obesity Observatory NHS 

Access the new Evaluation data collection tool

“Evaluation is about judging the value of an activity and assessing whether or not it has achieved what it set out to do. In health promotion, an evaluation determines the extent to which a programme has achieved its objectives, and will assess how different processes contributed to achieving these objectives.

Evaluation is particularly important for interventions that aim to tackle overweight and obesity. We need to know as much as possible about which approaches are likely to yield results, and to do this we need to be able to compare results across settings, populations and types of intervention. We can then focus public health investment appropriately. This is even more important in a time of restricted public finances.

The aim of NOO’s Collection of Resources on Evaluation (CoRE) is to provide information and resources to support practitioners with an interest in the evaluation of interventions related to obesity, overweight, underweight and their determinants. The current version of CoRE covers: NOO’s Standard Evaluation Framework (SEF); evaluation data collection tool (including details of local interventions); other evaluation guidance; reports from evaluation of nationally-initiated schemes; and evaluation websites.

CoRE is divided into the following sections:

Standard Evaluation Framework
Evaluation data collection tool   
Evaluation guidance
Evaluation reports
Evaluation websites “

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Leveraging Food Technology for Obesity Prevention and Reduction Effort – Institute of Medicine Workshop Summary – 27 July 2011

Posted on August 1, 2011. Filed under: Dietetics, Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Leveraging Food Technology for Obesity Prevention and Reduction Effort – Institute of Medicine Workshop Summary – 27 July 2011

Full text

 “We make over 200 food-related decisions each day, and our complex eating behaviors  have multiple layers of influence. Eating is affected by the physiological responses that occur when we are in the presence of food as well as societal norms and values around portion size and eating behaviors. With more than one-third of the U.S. adult population considered obese, behavioral scientists have emphasized building an evidence base for understanding what drives the energy imbalance – particularly with regard to portion size, energy density, and satiety – in overweight and obese individuals. Food scientists have been using this evidence base to improve existing technologies and create new technologies that can enhance the healthfulness of the food supply. For example, scientists have created fat- and sugar-reducing technologies, multiple baking technologies, and fat replacement technologies through the incorporation of fiber to reduce the energy density of foods. Other technologies, such as portion-controlled frozen meals or snacks and  technologies that increase fruit and vegetable intake, also have been developed in an effort to reduce and prevent obesity.

The IOM’s Food Forum held a public workshop November 2 -3, 2010, in Washington, DC, to examine the complexity of human eating behavior and explore ways in which the food industry can continue to leverage modern and innovative food processing technologies to influence energy intake as one method to reduce and prevent obesity. Speakers discussed the associations between certain eating behaviors and weight gain as well as the opportunities and challenges of altering the food in homes and restaurants in order to reduce overeating. This document summarizes the workshop.”

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Obesity in Canada – CIHI – 20 June 2011

Posted on June 24, 2011. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Obesity in Canada – CIHI – 20 June 2011

“Increased activity and healthier eating can improve obesity rates, but aren’t the only factors at play

Comprehensive new report examines how obesity varies across Canada, who’s most at risk and possible actions to address it

Eliminating all physical inactivity among Canadian adults (defined as less than 15 minutes of low-impact activity a day) could avert the equivalent of 646,000 cases of obesity in women and 405,000 cases in men, according to an analysis included in a comprehensive joint report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Similarly, improving poor-quality diets—as measured by the frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption—could result in the equivalent of 265,000 fewer cases of obesity among men and 97,000 fewer cases of obesity among women. However, people’s ability to achieve higher physical activity levels and healthier eating habits is influenced by many interconnected factors.

“Not surprisingly, this report shows that improving lifestyle behaviours, such as healthy eating and physical activity, can have a significant impact on reducing the waistlines and improving the health of Canadians. However, obesity is complex, and there are many other factors that contribute beyond lifestyle habits,” says Jeremy Veillard, Vice President of Research and Analysis at CIHI. “By shedding light on the factors most closely associated with obesity and how they play out across Canada, policy-makers and health providers can better target prevention and treatment options to meet the needs of the population.”

“Reducing obesity levels and promoting healthy weights is critical to the prevention of ill health,” says Dr. Judith Bossé, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Health Agency of Canada. “Obesity increases the risk of a number of chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension and some forms of cancers. That’s why we’re examining options to address the factors that lead to obesity, and we are working with various levels of government, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders on this issue.”

Obesity in Canada provides an overview of the prevalence of obesity among adults, children and youth, and Aboriginal Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples); the determinants and impact of obesity across the country; as well as Canadian and international lessons learned in obesity prevention and reduction. Based on measured height and weight, more than 1 in 4 adults in Canada and just less than 1 in 11 children are considered obese. Between 1981 and 2009, obesity based on measured height and weight data roughly doubled across all age groups and tripled for youth (age 12 to 17).”

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Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies – Institute of Medicine – 23 June 2011

Posted on June 24, 2011. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Preventive Healthcare | Tags: , |

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies – Institute of Medicine – 23 June 2011
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“Even the youngest children in the United States are at risk of becoming obese. Today, almost 10 percent of infants and toddlers carry excess weight for their length, and slightly more than 20 percent of children between the ages of two and five are already overweight or obese. Because early obesity can track into adulthood, efforts to prevent obesity should begin long before a child enters school.

The IOM reviewed factors related to overweight and obesity from birth to age five, with a focus on nutrition, physical activity, and sedentary behavior. In this report, the IOM recommends actions that healthcare professionals, caregivers, and policymakers can take to prevent obesity in children five and younger. Pediatricians and other healthcare professionals have an important opportunity to make parents aware of their child’s excess weight early on, and the IOM recommends that healthcare professionals measure weight and height or length in a standardized way, as well as pay attention to obesity risk factors, such as rate of weight gain and parental weight, at routine pediatric visits. In addition, the IOM recommends that parents and child care providers keep children active throughout the day and provide them with diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods. Caregivers also should limit young children’s screen time and ensure that children sleep an adequate amount each day. What happens to children during the first years of life is important to their current and future health and well-being.”

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Implementing NICE public health guidance for the workplace: a national organisational audit of NHS trusts in England – Royal College of Physicians – 2011

Posted on May 5, 2011. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: , |

Implementing NICE public health guidance for the workplace: a national organisational audit of NHS trusts in England – Royal College of Physicians – 2011

Extract from the Executive Summary

“This is the first national audit of implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance for the workplace in NHS trusts in England. The audit questions reflect evidence-based guidance from NICE covering:
• Managing long-term sickness absence and incapacity for work (PH19)1
• Promoting physical activity in the workplace (PH13)2
• Promoting mental wellbeing through productive and healthy working conditions (PH22)3
• Workplace interventions to promote smoking cessation (PH5)4
• Obesity: guidance on the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children (CG43)5
• Promoting and creating built or natural environments that encourage and support physical activity (PH8).6

In preparing its guidance, NICE found improved productivity was associated with effective management of long-term sickness absence and with smoking cessation. In addition there is a growing body of evidence that workers with health issues, such as obesity and depression, are less productive.”

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Strategic High Impact Changes: Childhood Obesity National Support Team [UK] – March 2011

Posted on April 21, 2011. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Strategic High Impact Changes: Childhood Obesity National Support Team [UK] – March 2011

“A distilation of the learning from the work of the Childhood Obesity NST over the past 3 years, the document aims to share intelligence, highlight good practice and support the future strategic direction of local areas in tackling childhood obesity. Local areas could use this approach when analysing whether a population level improvements could be achieved from a set of bestpractice and established interventions. This is offered as useful resource for commissioners: use is NOT mandatory.”

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Weight management before, during and after pregnancy (CMG36) – NICE – March 2011

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Weight management before, during and after pregnancy (CMG36) – NICE – March 2011

“The Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH) (2007) highlighted that obesity in pregnancy carries significant risks and identified that over half the women who died either directly or indirectly from pregnancy related causes were overweight or obese[1]. Babies born to obese women also face several health risks including a higher risk of fetal death, stillbirth, congenital abnormality, shoulder dystocia, macrosomia and subsequent obesity[2].

The resulting NHS costs attributable to being overweight and obese are projected to reach £9.7 billion by 2050, with wider costs to society estimated to reach £49.9 billion per year[3]. The NICE costing report for NICE public health guidance PH27 highlights that additional costs are incurred when complications arise in pregnancy, during delivery and following childbirth. Increased risks of complications during pregnancy and after childbirth include impaired glucose tolerance and gestational diabetes, miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, thromboembolism and maternal death[4].

Weight management includes assessing and monitoring body weight, preventing someone from becoming overweight (body mass index [BMI] 25–29.9 kg/m2) or obese (BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2), and helping them to achieve and maintain a healthy weight before, during and after pregnancy by eating healthily and being physically active and gradually losing weight after the baby is born. NICE public health guidance PH27 recommends that pregnant women have their weight and height measured and BMI calculated and recorded at the first contact with the health professional. This is important because obesity will have a greater influence on the pregnant woman’s health and the health of her unborn child than the amount of weight she may gain during pregnancy. Calculating and recording BMI will help with care planning and with the aim of preventing or managing any complications related to obesity. It is also important to commission weight management services to help women lose weight before they become pregnant.”

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International Diabetes Foundation releases position paper on bariatric surgery – 28 March 2011

Posted on March 30, 2011. Filed under: Diabetes | Tags: , |

International Diabetes Foundation releases position paper on bariatric surgery – 28 March 2011

“The International Diabetes Federation has released its Position Statement on Bariatric Surgery. The Paper calls for bariatric surgery to be considered earlier in the treatment of eligible patients, to help stem the serious complications that can result from diabetes. The position paper was presented to leading experts at the 2nd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes in New York on 28 March.

The statement was written by experts in diabetes and bariatric surgery and contains a series of recommendations on the use of weight loss surgery as a cost effective treatment option for severely obese people with type 2 diabetes.” …continues on the site

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Hunger and Obesity: Understanding a Food Insecurity Paradigm – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 17 March 2011

Posted on March 18, 2011. Filed under: Dietetics, Health Status, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Hunger and Obesity: Understanding a Food Insecurity Paradigm – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 17 March 2011

“Researchers have long observed a relationship between food insecurity—difficulty providing food for all one’s family members, known as hunger in its most severe form—and obesity. The relationship is complicated. Food insecurity and obesity often coincide, occurring in the same communities, families, and individuals. But does food insecurity directly cause excess weight gain, or do these two problems occur together for other reasons? More information is needed to improve our understanding and move closer to eliminating food insecurity and obesity.

The IOM held a workshop November 16-18, 2010, to explore the relationship between food insecurity and obesity, the current state of the research, and the data and analyses needed to better understand their relationship. Participants explored the occurrence of food insecurity and obesity in a variety of groups, including children, immigrants, Native Americans, and rural populations, in addition to the U.S. population as a whole. This document summarizes the workshop.”

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Our Health Our Future – Canada’s health ministers have started a national dialogue on healthy weights in response to the high rate of overweight and obese children

Posted on March 11, 2011. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Our Health Our Future – Canada’s health ministers have started a national dialogue on healthy weights in response to the high rate of overweight and obese children

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Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet: England, 2011 – NHS Information Centre – 24 February 2011

Posted on February 28, 2011. Filed under: Health Status | Tags: |

Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet: England, 2011 – NHS Information Centre – 24 February 2011

“Summary
This statistical report presents a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources. The topics covered include:

overweight and obesity prevalence among adults and children
physical activity levels among adults and children
trends in purchases and consumption of food and drink and energy intake
health outcomes of being overweight or obese”

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Marketing obesity? Junk food, advertising and kids – Parliamentary Paper – 12 January 2011

Posted on January 18, 2011. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: , , |

Marketing obesity? Junk food, advertising and kids – Parliamentary Paper – 12 January 2011

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Childhood Obesity: An Economic Perspective – Productivity Commission – 25 October 2010

Posted on October 26, 2010. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Status | Tags: , |

Childhood Obesity: An Economic Perspective – Productivity Commission – 25 October 2010

Staff working paper

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Implementing the Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand: 2010/11 – September 2010

Posted on October 5, 2010. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare | Tags: |

Implementing the Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand: 2010/11 – September 2010

“Summary of publication

Outlines the activities that will be delivered on behalf of the Ministry of Health during the 2010/11 financial year to implement the:
Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Adults and the
Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Children and Young People.

All activities included in this document are being developed to support frontline health care workers in the primary care and community health sector who provide healthy weight management advice and treatment to patients/consumers. This includes general practitioners, practice nurses, dietitians, community health workers, Māori community health workers, Pacific community health workers, and other allied health care workers.”

ISBN: 978-0-478-36679-2 (online)
HP number: 5235

Citation: Ministry of Health. 2010. Implementing the Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand: 2010/11. Wellington: Ministry of Health.

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Tackling the challenge of obesity: Report to Public Health Advocacy Institute and Healthway – Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia – May 2010

Posted on September 29, 2010. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Tackling the challenge of obesity: Report to Public Health Advocacy Institute and Healthway – Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia – May 2010

Dr Tim Lobstein, Director of Policy and Programmes, IASO – IOTF, Visiting Professor, Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia, Healthway Visiting Fellow, Curtin University

“This brief report summarises discussions undertaken as part of the Heathway Fellowship 2010. It considers the need for governments to increase their policy responses to the growing problem of obesity and proposes a short-list of ten actions which can be used as campaign tools for health advocacy.”

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Obesity and the Economics of Prevention: Fit not Fat – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – 23 September 2010

Posted on September 24, 2010. Filed under: Health Economics, Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Obesity and the Economics of Prevention: Fit not Fat – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – 23 September 2010

“23/09/2010 – This new OECD report examines the current obesity epidemic, giving new comparative data, trends and projections across OECD countries and outlining causes and costs. It also notes ways in which the private sector and governments encouraged obesity and makes recommendations for ways they can contribute to combating it.”

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A Heavy Burden: The Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the United States – George Washington University School of Public Health – 21 September 2010

Posted on September 23, 2010. Filed under: Health Economics, Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

First-Ever Report on the Individual Cost of Obesity Unveiled – extract from this press release:

About

A Heavy Burden: The Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the United States – George Washington University School of Public Health – 21 September 2010  full text (pdf) of the report

“WASHINGTON – The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services’ Department of Health Policy today released a report that, for the first time, calculated the startlingly high individual costs of obesity to Americans.  The report, “A Heavy Burden: The Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the United States,” authored by Avi Dor, Professor and Director of Health Economics Program at The George Washington University, and colleagues used a series of measures including indirect costs, lost productivity, and direct costs, such as obesity-related medical expenditures, to estimate the price tag of obesity at the individual level.

The authors concluded that the individual cost of being obese is $4,879 and $2,646 for women and men respectively, and adding the value of lost life to these annual costs produces even more dramatic results: $8,365 and $6,518 annually for women and men, respectively. The analysis demonstrates costs are nine times higher for women and six times higher for men who are obese, which is defined as an individual with a Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 30, than for an overweight person, which is defined as someone with a BMI between 25-29.  The findings also reveal a significant difference between the impact of obesity on men and women when it comes to job-related costs, including lost wages, absenteeism and disability.”

…continues on the press release site

The report was made possible by a donation provided by Allergan, Inc., as part of its C.H.O.I.C.E. (Choosing Health over Obesity Inspiring Change through Empowerment) Campaign.

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Shedding the pounds: obesity management, NICE guidance and bariatric surgery in England – Office of Health Economics – September 2010

Posted on September 10, 2010. Filed under: Health Status, Surgery | Tags: , |

Shedding the pounds: obesity management, NICE guidance and bariatric surgery in England – Office of Health Economics – September 2010

“This report details the results of an exercise undertaken by the Office of Health Economics (OHE) looking at trends in obesity, current provision of bariatric surgery in England with particular reference to the NICE clinical guideline for obesity, and potential economic benefits that could be achieved through adherence to the NICE guideline.”

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How Does Obesity in Adults Affect Spending on Health Care? Congressional Budget Office 8 September 2010

Posted on September 10, 2010. Filed under: Health Economics, Health Status, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

How Does Obesity in Adults Affect Spending on Health Care? Congressional Budget Office 8 September 2010

“Over the past two decades, the adult population in the United States has, on average, become much heavier. From 1987 to 2007, the fraction of adults who were overweight or obese increased from 44 percent to 63 percent; almost two-thirds of the adult population now falls into one of those categories. The share of obese adults rose particularly rapidly, more than doubling from 13 percent to 28 percent. That sharp increase in the fraction of adults who are overweight or obese poses an important public health challenge. Those adults are more likely to develop serious illnesses, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. As a result, that trend also affects spending on health care.

This Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issue brief examines changes over time in the distribution of adults among four categories of body weight: underweight, normal, overweight, and obese. Those categories are defined in federal guidelines using a measure known as the body-mass index—a measure that standardizes weight for height. CBO analyzes how past changes in the weight distribution have affected health care spending per adult and projects how future changes might affect spending going forward. (In this issue brief, “health care spending” refers to spending by public and private insurers and out-of-pocket spending by individuals.)”

…continues on the site

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Bridging the Evidence Gap in Obesity Prevention: A Framework to Inform Decision Making – 23 April 2010

Posted on April 30, 2010. Filed under: Health Status, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , , |

Bridging the Evidence Gap in Obesity Prevention: A Framework to Inform Decision Making
Released: April 23, 2010
Type: Consensus Report

full text

“About 68 percent of adults in the United States aged 20 years or older are overweight or obese. Among children, the rate is nearly 32 percent. The obesity epidemic poses major challenges for policy makers, public health professionals, and other decision makers who need to act decisively to respond to this complex, population-based health problem. To inform their decisions, they need relevant and useful evidence on promising obesity prevention actions for the populations they serve.

In 2008, Kaiser Permanente asked the IOM to develop a practical, action-oriented framework to guide the use of evidence in decision making about obesity prevention policies and programs and to guide the generation of new and relevant evidence. With these questions in mind, the IOM developed the L.E.A.D. framework, short for Locate evidence, Evaluate it, Assemble it, and Inform Decisions. Decision makers, their intermediaries, and researchers can apply the L.E.A.D. framework and its innovative process for generating, identifying, evaluating, and assembling evidence to inform the decisions that must be made about obesity prevention. If they are able to collect and use the best available evidence and work with researchers to generate additional useful evidence, decision makers will be armed with the most appropriate and relevant knowledge to help turn around this overwhelming national health crisis.”

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Perspectives from United Kingdom and United States Policy Makers on Obesity Prevention. Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 25 March 2010

Posted on April 7, 2010. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

Perspectives from United Kingdom and United States Policy Makers on Obesity Prevention. Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 25 March 2010

Type: Workshop Summary
full text

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Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Adults – December 2009

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: |

Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Adults
Date of publication (online): December 2009

“Summary of publication

The Ministry of Health commissioned the development of the Guidelines in 2008 for the management of overweight and obese adults, children and young people, with a focus on Māori, Pacific and South Asian populations.

Obesity is considered a major risk factor for many chronic, debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Over the past two decades the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled in New Zealand adults. Obesity is more common in Māori, Pacific and South Asian populations compared with other New Zealanders.

The Guidelines aim to provide evidence-based guidance for individual and group weight management, to be principally used in primary care and community-based initiatives. It is envisaged that the Guidelines will influence practice, reduce unnecessary variation, and provide a consistent approach across the many programmes in the private and public sector.

The Guidelines were developed by the Clinical Trials Research Unit (University of Otago) with technical advice and guidance from the Guidelines Technical Advisory Group. Development also included key informant interviews, road testing with frontline health providers and primary health organisations, consultation with Māori and Pacific caucuses and literature reviews on best practice information for Māori and Pacific.”

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Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Children and Young People – December 2009

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Children and Young People
Date of publication (online): December 2009

“Summary of publication

The Ministry of Health commissioned the development of the Guidelines in 2008 for the management of overweight and obese adults, children and young people, with a focus on Māori, Pacific and South Asian populations.

Obesity is considered a major risk factor for many chronic, debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Over the past two decades the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled in New Zealand adults. Obesity is more common in Māori, Pacific and South Asian populations compared with other New Zealanders.

The aim of this guideline is to provide evidence-based guidance for the management of overweight and obesity in children and young people. It is expected that this guideline will be used principally in primary care and community-based initiatives.

Primary prevention of overweight and obesity, although vitally important, is outside the contracted scope of this guideline.

This guideline stands alongside a clinical guideline developed for weight management in adults.

The Guidelines were developed by the Clinical Trials Research Unit (University of Otago) with technical advice and guidance from the Guidelines Technical Advisory Group. Development also included key informant interviews, road testing with frontline health providers and primary health organisations, consultation with Māori and Pacific caucuses and literature reviews on best practice information for Māori and Pacific.”

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Weighing it up: Obesity in Australia – House of Reps Standing Committee report 1 June 2009

Posted on June 8, 2009. Filed under: Health Status | Tags: |

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing has reviewed the 2006-07 annual report of the Department of Health and Ageing and, pursuant to Standing Order 215(c), resolved to conduct an inquiry into obesity in Australia on 19 March 2008.

On Monday, 1 June 2009, the Committee tabled its report on the inquiry into obesity entitled Weighing it up: Obesity in Australia.

House Standing Committee on Health and Ageing
Committee activities (inquiries and reports)
Inquiry into Obesity in Australia

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Obesity prevention in young children: what does the evidence say? Parliament of Australia – Parliamentary Library Background Note 1 May 2009

Posted on May 1, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Preventive Healthcare | Tags: , , |

Obesity prevention in young children: what does the evidence say? Parliament of Australia – Parliamentary Library Background Note 1 May 2009   13 p.
Dr Anne-marie Boxall, Social Policy Section

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OHS implications for manual handling of bariatric patients report and case studies released 13 March 2009

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: , , |

OHS implications for manual handling of bariatric patients report and case studies released
Australian Safety and Compensation Council
Friday, 13 March 2009

OHS Implications for Manual Handling of Bariatric Patients Report and Case Studies Released (HTML) – Press release

OHS Implications for Manual Handling of Bariatric Patients Report and Case Studies Released (PDF 132kB)    Press release

Manual handling risks associated with the care, treatment and transportation of bariatric (severely obese) patients in Australia – Report

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Manual handling risks associated with the care, treatment and transportation of bariatric (severely obese) patients in Australia

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: , |

Manual handling risks associated with the care, treatment and transportation of bariatric (severely obese) patients in Australia March 2009   ISBN: 978 0 642 32740 6  Australian Safety and Compensation Council

This report, ‘Manual handling risks associated with the care, treatment and transportation of bariatric (severely obese) patients in Australia’ and four case studies for the ambulance, fire, hospital and funeral occupations, follows up on the previously released scoping paper on the implications of overweight and obesity for workplace health and safety and workers’ compensation.

The Bariatric Journey in Australia: Hospital Case Study
Publication Date: March 2009
ISBN: 978 0 642 62783 3
Type: Case Study

The Bariatric Journey in Australia: Fire Case Study
Publication Date: March 2009
ISBN: 978 0 642 32789 5
Type: Case Study

The Bariatric Journey in Australia: Ambulance Case Study
Publication Date: March 2009
ISBN: 978 0 642 62795 6
Type: Case Study

The Bariatric Journey in Australia: Funeral Case Study
Publication Date: March 2009
ISBN: 978 0 642 32777 2
Type: Case Study

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