Providing new perspectives on obesity

Aim project

SPOTLIGHT was conducted in the period 2012 to 2016 and has systematically defined the factors necessary for establishing effective health promotion approaches. Different levels in varying contexts were taken into account – individual, family, organisational, and environments that can change behaviour, lifestyles, and life skills to sustainably reduce obesogenic behaviours in an innovative way.

This was done by a multidisciplinary consortium involving 13 organisations in eight European countries – Belgium, Denmark, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

The project furthered science especially in the field of spatial epidemiology, and provide a stimulus for health scientists to explore further study possibilities to reduce (the burden of) obesity and flatten the social gradient associated with it. The project generated more than 30 scientific peer-reviewed publications, most of which can be found here.