Obesity is a serious health issue. In the UK the prevalence of obesity has trebled in the last 20 years and today one in five adults is clinically obese. Research shows that obesity is a predictable response to an environment that favours the consumption of energy-dense foods and allows minimal physical activity. This finding implies that the efficacy of public health messages to individuals to inform their lifestyle choices will be enhanced by environmental changes that support and facilitate healthy options. The present paper focuses on the importance of communicating scientific knowledge to the stakeholders with a responsibility for tackling obesity and addresses some of the barriers that are encountered.

Original publication

DOI

10.1079/PNS2003278

Type

Journal article

Journal

Proc Nutr Soc

Publication Date

08/2003

Volume

62

Pages

577 - 581

Keywords

Adult, Communication, Energy Intake, Environment, Exercise, Female, Health Promotion, Humans, Life Style, Male, Obesity, Prevalence, Public Health, Risk Factors, United Kingdom