Obesity prevention: co-framing for intersectoral ‘buy-in’

Akram Khayatzadeh-Mahani, Arne Ruckert, Ronald Labonte

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    The multi-factorial causes of obesity demand integrated prevention policies with the collaboration of diverse sectors, although to date, there is little evidence of engagement by non-health sectors in developing obesity prevention policies. In this commentary, we develop a three-step argument for improving intersectoral collaboration. We first note that to encourage non-health sectors in developing and implementing integrated preventive policies, obesity should be reframed as a systemic problem rather than its dominant framing as a matter of individual behavioural change. We then propose a co-framing of obesity, such that it aligns with the policy goals of diverse non-health sectors. Finally, drawing on the network governance literature, we argue that a network-based governance approach with an independent network administrative organization will best facilitate multisectoral collaboration through a successful co-framing strategy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4-11
    Number of pages8
    JournalCritical Public Health
    Issue number1
    Early online date2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • co-framing
    • Health in All Policies (HiAP)
    • network governance
    • Obesity
    • reframing


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