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Strategies to Reduce Obesity in the U.S. and Latin America

Lessons That Cross International Borders
  • John P. Elder
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    Address correspondence to: John P. Elder, PhD, MPH, Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, 9245 Sky Park Ct. #221, San Diego CA 92123
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    Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego, California

    University of California San Diego Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, San Diego, California
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  • Elva M. Arredondo
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    Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego, California
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      Diseases know no borders, a truism that largely has been applied to infectious diseases. The re-emergence of tuberculosis, the spread of dengue and malaria, and recent outbreaks of swine and avian influenza remind officials in neighboring countries, as well as throughout shared hemispheres and the world at large, that public health efforts must be concentrated and coordinated. The obesity epidemic, like the cigarette smoking epidemic before it, is a chronic disease–related condition that also knows no boundaries. Although risk factor–reduction models can be applied to individuals, coordinated international efforts to change the way primary prevention is applied must continue to be developed and shared through efforts across socioecologic levels.
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