New NCCOR Editorial Explores the Intersection of Structural Racism, Social Determinants, and Childhood Obesity

NCCOR is pleased to announce a new editorial in the journal Childhood Obesity titled, The Influence of Social Determinants of Health and Structural Racism on Childhood Obesity. It explores the relationship between social determinants of health (SDoH), structural racism, and childhood obesity and highlights gaps and opportunities for advancing measurement in this field. Through a landscape analysis and expert interviews, several measures for SDoH and structural racism (n=47) were found from multiple disciplines; however, their application to childhood obesity is limited. Expert interviews (n=5) highlighted the need for more comprehensive measures and frameworks to ensure measures are properly used in a public health context. These recommendations can also be expanded to inform research efforts to understand the multilevel factors that influence childhood obesity. The editorial is based on an earlier NCCOR report that identified measurement tools and resources to assess individual and environmental level influences on childhood obesity.

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