What policies are there and what policies are missing? A Photovoice study of adolescents' perspectives on obesity-prevention policies in their local environment

Anna Banik, Cecile Knai, Knut-Inge Klepp, Harry Rutter, Ana Rito, Nanna Lien, Evelyne Baillergeau, Zofia Szczuka, Monika Boberska, Ewa Kulis, Aleksandra Luszczynska

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate adolescents' critical awareness of whether obesity prevention policies targeting physical activity (PA) and nutrition were operating in their local community. Participants were 41 adolescents (aged 16–18, 90% women) recruited from three communities in Poland. Prior to this study, they were involved in obesity-prevention participatory initiatives (conducted within the CO-CREATE project), where obesity-related public policy limitations were analyzed in a youth-led discussion. A Photovoice exercise was designed to capture obesity-related public policies that were either present or absent in young people's local environments. The photographs (N = 213) were coded and mapped according to the policy themes they illustrated, using the MOVING and NOURISHING frameworks. The public policies represented in the photographs are most frequently related to: healthy retail or food service environments; food advertising or promotion; structures and surroundings that promote PA; and infrastructure and opportunities that support public or active transport. Adolescents are critically aware of the presence and lack of specific public policies operating in their local environment, particularly policies affecting structural aspects of food and PA environments. Policy-oriented photovoice exercises may prompt critical awareness among adolescents and empower them to contribute to obesity prevention policy processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13617
Number of pages13
JournalObesity Reviews
Volume24
Issue numberS2
Early online date27 Sept 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The CO‐CREATE project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 774210. The content of this article reflects only the authors' views, and the European Commission is not liable for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • framework
  • obesity prevention policies
  • Photovoice

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