The Search for Elusive Progress Against the Epidemic of Childhood Obesity
Ultimately, childhood obesity is a multifaceted disease that is going to take a multifaceted approach to prevent and treat. I do not believe that I am going out on a limb when I say that there is not one single policy or program that will reverse the trends we are still observing. However, a more comprehensive and coordinated effort that includes family, community, and clinical approaches has the greatest potential to succeed in reversing the current trends in childhood obesity. As highlighted in this issue, more insight is needed into the development of obesity policies5 and infrastructure to combat obesity.6 Ultimately, the challenge moving forward is one of adoption, implementation, and sustainability in complex systems in need of synergy and cooperation.