The role of public health dietary messages and guidelines in tackling overweight and obesity issues

Yi Yi, Lee, Tan, David T., Siri, José G., Newell, Barry, Yi, Gong, Proust, Katrina and Marsden, Terry, (2020). The role of public health dietary messages and guidelines in tackling overweight and obesity issues. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 26(1), 31-50

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    Author Yi Yi, Lee
    Tan, David T.
    Siri, José G.
    Newell, Barry
    Yi, Gong
    Proust, Katrina
    Marsden, Terry
    Title The role of public health dietary messages and guidelines in tackling overweight and obesity issues
    Appearing in Malaysian Journal of Nutrition
    Volume 26
    Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2020
    Place of Publication Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Publisher Nutrition Society of Malaysia
    Start page 31
    End page 50
    Language eng
    Abstract Overweight and obesity in Malaysia pose serious threats to health. Prevalence has escalated to alarming levels in recent decades despite a multitude of public health dietary messages geared towards obesity prevention and health promotion. Gaps between health messages, messengers, and the public must be identified and closed to effectively combat obesity and overweight. This review article aims to examine public health dietary messages, guidelines, and programmes for the prevention of obesity in Malaysia, and explore potential reasons for the continued rise in its prevalence. Public health dietary communication in Malaysia has progressed and improved substantially over the years. However, most messages have been designed for the general audience, with little consideration of differences in physical, social, cultural, and environmental backgrounds, and varying levels of comprehension. We offer several recommendations to increase the effectiveness of public health dietary messages in fighting the obesity epidemic, based on a cross-sectoral, place-based approach that recognise the complexity of the underlying causes of obesity.
    UNBIS Thesaurus OBESITY
    MALAYSIA
    Keyword Public health dietary messaging
    Place-based approaches
    Cross-section approaches
    Copyright Holder Malaysian Journal of Nutrition
    Copyright Year 2020
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 1394035X
    DOI https://doi.org/10.31246/mjn-2019-0084
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