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We developed a theoretical framework to organize obesity prevention interventions by their likely impact on the socioeconomic gradient of weight. The degree to which an intervention involves individual agency versus structural change influences socioeconomic inequalities in weight. Agentic interventions, such as standalone social marketing, increase socioeconomic inequalities. Structural interventions, such as food procurement policies and restrictions on unhealthy foods in schools, show equal or greater benefit for lower socioeconomic groups. Many obesity prevention interventions belong to the agento- structural types of interventions, and account for the environment in whichhealth behaviors occur, but they require a level of individual agency for behavioral change, including workplace design to encourage exercise and fiscal regulation of unhealthy foods or beverages. Obesity prevention interventionsdiffer in their effectiveness across socioeconomic groups. Limiting further increases in socioeconomic inequalities in obesity requires implementation of structural interventions. Further empirical evaluation, especially of agento- structural type interventions, remains crucial.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||American Journal of Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2014|
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What will it take to decrease socio-economic inequalities in obesity?
Beauchamp, A., Ball, K., Magliano, D., Stevenson, C., Martin, J. & Peeters, A.
Australian Research Council (ARC), Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (trading as VicHealth) (Victoria), Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Cancer Council Victoria
3/01/12 → 31/12/14