accelerate progress in obesity prevention over the next decade, along with recommendations for tangible, practical indicators with which to measure progress. This chapter first describes the general approach used by the committee to identify critical recommendations for accelerating progress. It then outlines the committee’s proposed approach to assessing the progress of these recommendations, including indicators for measuring progress, as well as the need to create a research framework based on the committee’s general approach.

Before proceeding, a note on terminology is in order. In reviewing previous obesity-related recommendations as part of its charge, the committee found that a variety of terms were used to frame the advice provided, including “recommendations,” “strategies,” “actions,” and “interventions.” In this report, the committee uses the terms “goals,” “recommendations,” “strategies,” and “(potential) actions” to denote levels of increasing specificity (see Box 4-1 for definitions).

BOX 4-1
A Note on Terminology

  Goals are the desired outcomes if recommendations are successfully implemented.

  Recommendations encompass the broad actions that need to be implemented and the responsible actors.

  Strategies are specific means of implementing the recommendations.

  (Potential) actions are activities that can help to implement the strategies.

In general, the term “recommendations” is used in the report to denote this full set of terms, whether describing previous work or that of the committee.

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