Chapter 27. Community Capacity Building

  1. Elizabeth Waters MPH, DPhil Jack Brockhoff Chair4,
  2. Boyd A. Swinburn MBChB, MD, FRACP Director Professor5,
  3. Jacob C. Seidell PhD Professor Director6 and
  4. Ricardo Uauy PhD, MD Professor7,8
  1. Colin Bell PhD1,
  2. Eva Elliott PhD2 and
  3. Anne Simmons MND Research Fellow3

Published Online: 5 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318517.ch27

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Evidence Policy and Practice

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Evidence Policy and Practice

How to Cite

Bell, C., Elliott, E. and Simmons, A. (2010) Community Capacity Building, in Preventing Childhood Obesity: Evidence Policy and Practice (eds E. Waters, B. A. Swinburn, J. C. Seidell and R. Uauy), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318517.ch27

Editor Information

  1. 4

    McCaughey Centre, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  2. 5

    WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

  3. 6

    EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University and VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  4. 7

    Nutrition and Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK

  5. 8

    Institute of Nutrition, INTA-University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Wallsend, Australia

  2. 2

    Cardiff Institute of Society and Health, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

  3. 3

    Deakin University School of Population Health, Melbourne, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405158893

Online ISBN: 9781444318517



  • community capacity building - children obesity prevention;
  • community capacity building and health promotion in children;
  • community capacity building - improving group capacities;
  • community capacity building - raising health risks community awareness;
  • community identity and cohesion - foster strategies;
  • education and health literacy;
  • community decision making - structure development


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Summary and recommendations for research and practice

  • Introduction

  • What is community capacity building?

  • A critic's perspective

  • Why build community capacity?

  • The application of community capacity building to childhood obesity prevention

  • Raising community awareness of health risks

  • Strategies to foster community identity and cohesion

  • Education to increase health literacy

  • Facilitating access to additional resources

  • Developing structures for community decision making

  • Social and political support

  • Incorporating the evidence

  • Conclusions

  • References