Developing a Computer Model of School Food Policies That Will Simulate Their Effects on Youth Overweight and Obesity Rates
The key objective of this project is to develop a computer simulation model of school food policies that will simulate their effects on youth overweight and obesity rates. This computer model also will provide a user-friendly synthesis of current research, which will provide an accessible means by which practitioners, schools, and other stakeholders might develop and prioritize policies and develop a comprehensive and coherent program to address this critical public health issue. The study will utilize a population model through age 18. All available published research to date will be assessed for entry into the simulation model, including data focusing on racial/ethnic minorities and low socioeconomic status groups.
The article presents an overview of existing simulation models (SMs) for obesity, discusses their strengths and weaknesses and suggests directions for future research. The authors conclude that SMs can serve as a summary of knowledge and a structure for improving knowledge and understanding of the complex factors contributing to obesity.
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