Mapping public policy options responding to obesity: the case of Spain

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Title: Mapping public policy options responding to obesity: the case of Spain
Authors: González Zapata, Laura Inés | Ortiz-Moncada, Rocío | Álvarez-Dardet, Carlos
Research Group/s: Salud Pública
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Multi-criteria mapping | Obesity | Obesity policy | Stakeholder involvement
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Date Created: 2006
Issue Date: May-2007
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Citation: GONZÁLEZ ZAPATA, Laura I.; ORTIZ MONCADA, Rocío; ÁLVAREZ-DARDET DÍAZ, Carlos. "Mapping public policy options responding to obesity: the case of Spain". Obesity Reviews. Vol. 8, Issue s2 (May 2007). ISSN 1467-7881, pp. 99-108
Abstract: This study assesses the opinions of the main Spanish stakeholders from food and physical exercise policy networks on public policy options for responding to obesity. We followed the multi-criteria mapping methodology in the framework of the European project ‘Policy options in responding to obesity’ (PorGrow), through a structured interview to 21 stakeholders. A four-step approach was taken: options, criteria, scoring and weighting, obtaining in this way a measure of the performance of each option which integrates qualitative and quantitative information. In an overall analysis, the more popular policy options where those grouped as educational initiatives: include food and health in the school curriculum, improve health education to the general public, improve the training of health professionals in obesity care and prevention, incentives to caterers to provide healthier menus and improve community sports facilities. Fiscal measures as subsidies and taxes had the lowest support. The criteria assessed as priorities were grouped as efficacy and societal benefits. Obesity in Spain can be approached through public policies, although the process will not be easy or immediate. The feasibility of changes requires concerned public policymakers developing long-term actions taking into account the map of prioritized options by the stakeholders.
Sponsor: New and Emerging Science and Technology (NEST) research project (European Union).
ISSN: 1467-7881 (Print) | 1467-789X (Online)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2007.00365.x
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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