May 15, 2014 – Washington, DC- Obesity is arguably the most pressing public health problem of our time. Over 3 billion children and adults worldwide are expected to be counted among the overweight and obese population in less than two decades. Substantial efforts by the public health community have focused on addressing the problem, but in order to implement effective solutions, a greater understanding of the complexities associated with obesity is needed. Through a special issue, the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH, July 2014) is showcasing cutting edge research in this area.
Dr. Patricia Mabry and Dr. Regina Bures are co-leaders of the Envision project (http://nccor.org/envision/index.html), a network of obesity modeling teams brought together by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR). Many Envision members’ contributions to the field are highlighted within the theme issue. Systems science approaches are designed to explore complex systems and help us understand how and why those systems behave the way they do over time. “This improved understanding of dynamic behavior can help us figure out new ways to intervene, as well as develop cost-effective interventions,” Mabry added.
The articles in the theme issue are freely available online at: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/topic/ssor