Guiding Principles

The Committee on Accelerating Progress on Obesity Prevention formulated the following principles to guide the scope of its work and its decisions:


1.  Bold, widespread, and sustained action will be necessary to accelerate progress in obesity prevention.

2.  Priority and targeted actions must drive cultural and societal changes to improve environments that influence physical activity and food intake options.

3.  Cultural and societal changes are needed to address obesity, and a systems approach must be taken when formulating obesity prevention recommendations so as to address the problem from all possible dimensions.

4.  Solutions to the obesity epidemic must come from multiple sources, involve multiple levels and sectors, and take into account the synergy of multiple strategies.

5.  Obesity prevention recommendations should be based on the best available scientific evidence as outlined in the Locate Evidence, Evaluate Evidence, Assemble Evidence, Inform Decisions (L.E.A.D.) framework.

6.  The cost, feasibility, and practicality of implementing prior and further recommendations must be considered.

7.  Unintended consequences of obesity prevention efforts must be considered.

8.  Obesity prevention recommendations should incorporate ongoing evaluation of progress toward achieving benchmarks and of the need for any course corrections.

9.  Recommendations to accelerate progress in obesity prevention must include an assessment of the potential for high impact, the reach and scope of potential effects, the timeliness of effects, the ability to reduce disparities and promote equity, and clearly measureable outcomes.

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