Systems thinking and simulation modeling to inform childhood obesity policy and practice

Kenneth E. Powell
Debra L. Kibbe
Rachel Ferencik
Chris Soderquist

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Objectives: In 2007, 31.7% of Georgia adolescents in grades 9-12 were overweight or obese. Understanding the impact of policies and interventions on obesity prevalence among young people can help determine statewide public health and policy strategies. This article describes a systems model, originally launched in 2008 and updated in 2014, that simulates the impact of policy interventions on the prevalence of childhood obesity in Georgia through 2034.