A Health Equity Approach to Obesity Efforts: A Workshop
In the United States, 36.5 percent of adults and 18.5 percent of children and adolescents have obesity with certain racial/ethnic minority populations and individuals with lower socioeconomic status experiencing this burden disproportionately compared to their counterparts. Increasing evidence points to social, political, and historical contexts and conditions as contributors to the persistence of obesity-related health disparities in these populations.
On April 1st, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions hosted a workshop to explore the history of health equity issues in demographic groups who have above-average obesity risk and considered principles and approaches to addressing these issues as part of obesity prevention and treatment efforts. The workshop also featured presentations that addressed current policies and practices that perpetuate health inequities and advance health equity.