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Food Environment Solutions for Childhood Obesity in Latin America and among Latinos Living in the United States

Citation

Duran, Ana Clara; Mialon, Melissa; Crosbie, Eric; Jensen, Melissa L.; Harris, Jennifer L.; Batis, Carolina R.; Corvalan, Camila; & Taillie, Lindsey Smith (2021). Food Environment Solutions for Childhood Obesity in Latin America and among Latinos Living in the United States. Obesity Reviews, 22(Suppl. 3), e13237.

Abstract

The food environment is a major contributor to unhealthy diets in children and, therefore, to the increasing rates of obesity. Acclaimed by scholars across the world, Latin American countries have been leaders in implementing policies that target different aspects of the food environment. Evidence on the nature and to what extent children are exposed and respond to unhealthy food environments in the region and among Latinos in the United States is, however, deficient. The objective of this review is to use the integrated International Network for Food and Obesity/noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS) framework to create healthy food environment to (i) compare the key elements of childhood obesity-related food environments in Latin America and for Latinos living in the United States; (ii) describe the evidence on solutions to improve childhood obesity-related food environments; and (iii) identify research priorities to inform solutions to fight childhood obesity in these populations. We found that an integrated body of evidence is needed to inform an optimal package of policies to improve food environments to which children in Latin America and Latino children in the United States are exposed and more efficiently translate policy solutions to help curb growing childhood obesity levels across borde

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/obr.13237

Reference Type

Journal Article

Article Type

Regular

Year Published

2021

Journal Title

Obesity Reviews

Author(s)

Duran, Ana Clara
Mialon, Melissa
Crosbie, Eric
Jensen, Melissa L.
Harris, Jennifer L.
Batis, Carolina R.
Corvalan, Camila
Taillie, Lindsey Smith

Continent/Country

United States of America
Latin America

State

Nonspecific

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latinx