Disclosure: The authors declared no conflict of interest.
Are our actions aligned With our evidence? The skinny on changing the landscape of obesity†
Article first published online: 16 APR 2013
Copyright © 2013 The Obesity Society
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 419–420, March 2013
How to Cite
Dubowitz, T., Ghosh-Dastidar, M., Steiner, E., Escarce, J. J. and Collins, R. L. (2013), Are our actions aligned With our evidence? The skinny on changing the landscape of obesity. Obesity, 21: 419–420. doi: 10.1002/oby.20294
- Issue published online: 16 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 16 APR 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 2 JAN 2013 07:14PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 19 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 17 OCT 2012
Recent debate about the role of food deserts in the United States (i.e., places that lack access to healthy foods) has prompted discussion on policies being enacted, including efforts that encourage the placement of full-service supermarkets into food deserts. Other initiatives to address obesogenic neighborhood features include land use zoning and parks renovations. Yet, there is little evidence to demonstrate that such policies effect change. While we suspect most researchers and policymakers would agree that effective neighborhood change could be a powerful tool in combating obesity, we desperately need strong and sound evidence to guide decisions about where and how to invest.