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Obesity research towards 2020

The Danish consultation process

The prevalence of obesity is high and increasing in Europe and worldwide. The scale of the challenge posed by the obesity epidemic calls for collaboration across borders, disciplines, and institutions. A Danish consultation process has identified key research challenges, opportunities and priorities for the future Danish and European research.

Social Sciences and Humanities contribution to tackle the Obesity Epidemic
To tackle the challenge of obesity, we have to involve multiple scientific disciplines ranging from biomedicine and natural science to social sciences and humanities (SSH). This stands clear following the conference “From biology to society - what message can obesity research deliver to policy makers?” organized by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) in February 2012.

Transdisciplinary approaches, with a particular emphasis on SSH-research, is a key issue in the next European research programme Horizon 2020 starting in early 2014, and only through a combined effort, we will be able to unleash the full potential of obesity research.