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Towards a model-based tool for evaluating population-level interventions against childhood obesity

Dangerfield, BC and Zainal Abidin, N 2010, Towards a model-based tool for evaluating population-level interventions against childhood obesity , in: International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, 25-29 July 2010, Seoul, Korea.

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      Abstract

      The prevalence of obesity in the UK is mirroring trends in the USA. There is a need for research to provide public health agencies with advice as to the most effective means of securing behavioural change. The work reported here is in its very early stages. The history of obesity modelling using system dynamics is reviewed. A model of the energy intake and expenditure by a population of children aged 2-15 years is then described. Both of these two influencing factors on the caloric balance are modelled in some detail. A specimen output graph is included before an exposition of the intended use of the model. Mention is made of soft variables and the role of social marketing in effecting behavioural change.

      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
      Themes: Health and Wellbeing
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Management Science and Statistics
      Journal or Publication Title: Procs of the International System Dynamics Conference, Korea, 2010.
      Publisher: System Dynamics Society
      Refereed: Yes
      Depositing User: BC Dangerfield
      Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 10:24
      Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:11
      URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17835

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