BOX S-3

U.S.–Mexico Joint Obesity Prevention Task Force

Participants in Working Group III listed several elements for a U.S.– Mexico Obesity Prevention Task Force and include the following:

  • Advocacy. Academia, industry, and the health sector need to communicate messages about the economic and health impact of obesity to the general public, government, and funding institutions.

  • Funding. There are funding opportunities on both sides of the border, and collaboration will help in identifying potentially beneficial resources.

  • Training of labor force. The creation of solutions to respond to malnutrition and obesity requires the Mexican labor force to be trained with new skills. Healthcare providers in the United States need to be trained in Mexican culture so they are able to give Mexican–American guidance on health and weight management.

  • Scientific evidence. The scientific evidence for risk factors associated with obesity needs to continue to be gathered and shared.

  • Program evaluation. There would be mutual benefits from sharing the information gathered from evaluating the efficacy of programs and interventions.

  • Consistency in programs and messages. As the United States and Mexico increase their cultural and commercial exchanges, actions in both countries need to occur in parallel and in a coordinated fashion to avoid inconsistent and counterproductive policies, guidances, and educational programs.



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