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Anna Peeters

Year of Award: 2014 Award State: Victoria Health And Medicine > General
Policy > General
To identify obesity prevention policies most likely to improve social inequalities in obesity - Netherlands, UK, USA
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To identify obesity prevention policies most likely to improve social inequalities in obesity.

Highlights
I travelled to Atlanta, Michigan, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, London, Durham, Cambridge, Rotterdam and Paris and met with experts in civil rights, obesity prevention, and nutrition policy as well as policy makers in the US and the UK. The Fellowship led to the establishment of a number of new relationships that have and will continue to add depth to my work. There was much agreement that to maximise the impact of population-level obesity prevention policies across different socio-economic groups requires a greater understanding of the links between frameworks of behaviour and behaviour change and those of policy action. There was great interest in progressing our ability to theoretically evaluate the likely impact of a given policy across different socio-economic groups. At the same time there was agreement that we should make better use of the empirical evaluation data we are collecting on the different obesity prevention policies to ensure that we can evaluate which policies are working well across a range of socio-economic groups. It was clear that in practice most attention to inequalities involved a focus on particular groups, with less understanding of how to align prevention proportionate to need across the socio-economic spectrum. A great deal of dissemination of the developing findings and recommendations occurred throughout the study tour through these seminars and the use of social media (particularly twitter) to broadcast the evolving messages. While on the fellowship I was invited after one such talk by the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology to write up these ideas for the journal. Upon my return I have given a number of talks, with a Baker IDI Perspectives seminar focussed on showcasing the findings of the Fellowship to a broad range of stakeholders. These also led to a youtube video highlighting key aspects of the study tour which in turn has led to numerous invitations to contribute to the public and policy discussions in this area. 

Key Recommendations

  • To develop a comprehensive framework and diagnostic tool to predict the effect of specific population-wide obesity prevention policies across socio-economic groups.
  • To make better use of empirical obesity prevention policy evaluation data to understand the effect across different socio-economic groups.
  • To identify and communicate approaches that policy makers can use in practice to align prevention proportionate to need across the socio-economic spectrum.
  • To build a more robust advocacy approach for including health equity in choice and implementation of prevention and treatment measures. 
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