Stakeholder appraisal of policy options for responding to obesity in Finland

Obes Rev. 2007 May;8 Suppl 2:47-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2007.00358.x.


The aim of the Finnish Policy Options for Responding to the Growing Challenge of Obesity Research Project study was to use a multi-criteria mapping method to assess stakeholder opinions on policies that might have relevance when planning policies targeting obesity prevention. When evaluating policies, criteria relating to 'Positive societal benefits' and 'Additional health benefits' were often considered important, along with the more obvious 'Efficacy in addressing obesity'. Other criteria (like economic factors) were of less importance. All policy options targeting at 'Educational and Research Initiatives' were highly ranked in the analysis by all stakeholders. Policies aimed at improving 'Food-Related Informational Initiatives' were also ranked well on average, although more variation between stakeholders existed. Policies targeting increased physical activity and easier access/provision to healthy foods received also relatively good rankings but with wide variation and doubts in the appraisals. Policies encouraging new technological innovations and institutional reforms were mostly ranked poorly and were not seen as solutions to obesity problem. Irrespective of the stakeholder group, it seems that while traditional educational policies were most highly ranked, several other policies are also viable options in the policy portfolio of obesity prevention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Finland / epidemiology
  • Health Planning / methods
  • Health Planning / organization & administration*
  • Health Policy*
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Policy*
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Program Development