Mobilisation of public support for policy actions to prevent obesity

Lancet. 2015 Jun 13;385(9985):2422-31. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61743-8. Epub 2015 Feb 19.


Public mobilisation is needed to enact obesity-prevention policies and to mitigate reaction against their implementation. However, approaches in public health focus mainly on dialogue between public health professionals and political leaders. Strategies to increase popular demand for obesity-prevention policies include refinement and streamlining of public information, identification of effective obesity frames for each population, strengthening of media advocacy, building of citizen protest and engagement, and development of a receptive political environment with change agents embedded across organisations and sectors. Long-term support and investment in collaboration between diverse stakeholders to create shared value is also important. Each actor in an expanded coalition for obesity prevention can make specific contributions to engaging, mobilising, and coalescing the public. The shift from a top-down to a combined and integrated bottom-up and top-down approach would need an overhaul of current strategies and reprioritisation of resources.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Networks
  • Community Participation
  • Consumer Health Information
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Lobbying
  • Mass Media
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Public Health
  • Public Opinion