Measuring Progress in Obesity Prevention

Obesity poses one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century, creating serious health, economic, and social consequences. As obesity prevention efforts are deployed across the United States, the country needs to know whether these efforts are having their intended impact.
In a new report, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee developed a concise and actionable plan for measuring the nation’s progress in obesity prevention efforts – specifically, the success of strategies recommended in the 2012 IOM report Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation. The new report offers a framework that will provide guidance for systematic and routine planning, implementation, and evaluation of the advancement of obesity prevention efforts.
Koshland Science Museum visitors interested in the science of healthy eating are invited to explore our Food for Thought exhibits, which are available in person and online.