Building Strategies and Leadership for Change

The Obesity Epidemic in Latino Children

Salud America! research aligns with the Institute of Medicine’s approach to preventing obesity.

The Institute of Medicine 2012 call to action, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, identified recommendations, strategies, and action in five key areas for:

  • Physical activity
  • Food and beverages
  • Media and education
  • Health care settings and work sites

The research of Salud America! presented in this supplement aligns with the IOM efforts to identify and promote environmental and policy solutions to obesity and highlight the value of nontraditional and shared leadership in overcoming the obesity epidemic.

To change the determinants of heath that contribute to obesity requires “understanding environments, and cultures of Latino communities, families, and individuals and advancing policies that will eliminate gaps in the ability to achieve and maintain healthy weight,” these authors write. “The research described in this supplement takes important steps in the right direction.”