So far, our population is defined by geography and by age. We can see that children and youth as well as people in middle age are especially likely to be obese. But we still don’t have a very clear sense of who is in our population: whether they are male or female, where they live, what they do for a living, how much education they have. Any and all of these factors may affect obesity rates. As we refine our definition of the population, we need to pay attention to the ways in which the core concepts of sex, gender, diversity and equity affect our understanding of who is experiencing or at risk of becoming obesity.
As you look over the following information, keep asking the same questions:
- Who is most at risk, in need, and/or affected?
- Have we considered diverse experiences within the population?
- Who is missing from the evidence or analysis?