How is the GOPC different from other centers with obesity in their name?
WE ARE A GLOBAL CENTER
Communities, cities and countries are increasingly interconnected via food systems, businesses, transportation, media and the internet. Any factor, change, policy or intervention can have world-wide reverberations. Tackling such a far-reaching challenge requires communities, countries and stakeholders to cooperate and learn from one another.
WE USE A SYSTEMS APPROACH
We take a unique approach to preventing obesity by concurrently studying the many causes that contribute to the obesity epidemic. Policy, economics, food environment, social influences, behavior and physiology all make up the complex system our scientists are working to impact.
WE BRING TOGETHER MANY DISCIPLINES TO WORK ON THE PROBLEM
We connect many disciplines and experts who have not traditionally worked either alone or together on obesity (such as computer science, mathematics and engineering). We connect them with researchers with decades of obesity-related experience and expertise. Bringing aboard new disciplines will help develop state-of-the-art approaches and methods (for instance, computer simulation models, geospatial tools, and social media technology) to control the global obesity epidemic.
WE CONNECT SCIENCE TO POLICY AND ACTION
The GOPC brings together experts, stakeholders and projects from around the world to develop and implement innovative, organized, systems strategies to control obesity on a global level. We ensure that the results of scientific study are connected to the people who can turn knowledge into action and policy change.