Lessons Learned from Global Efforts

Worldwide more than 42 million children younger than age 5 are overweight, according to the World Health Organization. A global epidemic, high rates of childhood obesity around the world are prompting action in a number of ways. From policy measures to media campaigns and community-wide physical activity initiatives, exploring efforts taking place in other countries can build the knowledge base and catalyze action both in the United States and abroad.

In October 2014, NCCOR held a one-day meeting funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to convene leading international and interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners to share lessons learned about what works to guide ongoing efforts to reduce childhood obesity prevalence in the United States and worldwide. Using childhood obesity as a “case study,” the interactive forum was structured to address emerging and cross-cutting goals to build a Culture of Health and spur ideas for future research and action.

In March and April 2016, NCCOR livestreamed three special follow-up panel presentations from the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions. The panels focused on high-impact childhood obesity strategies from around the world including scalable physical activity interventions in Latin America; sugar-sweetened beverage taxes in Mexico, South America, and the United States; and approaches to eliminating health disparities among U.S. and international populations disproportionately affected by obesity. The panels were recorded and offer exclusive access to presentations from internationally renowned scholars. View the panel presentations.

Read the Lessons Learned from Global Efforts Report.

Watch videos from each presentation