Analyze the Context of Issues and Problems

Considering the case of overweight and obesity from a variety of angles and using the core concepts of SGBA shows us that context is important for understanding and responding to any issue. Much of the time, we won’t know everything about an issue or everything about a specific context. And as we learn more about an issue, we will likely have to revisit our definition. This process of repeatedly reflecting on and revising our work is referred to as “iteration”. The modules on Populations and Evidence provide greater insight into the limitations we face in defining and responding to an issue. Along with the modules on Implications and Recommendations, they highlight the importance of iteration.

In the meantime though, let’s consider what we do know now about overweight and obesity and whether we can answer the question: “Is overweight and obesity a problem?”

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