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Potentials of Qualitative Modeling of Complex Health Issues

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Abstract:

Objective: To demonstrate the potentials of nutrition-ecological modeling (NutriMod) for integrative problem solving concerning complex health issues.

Methods: Causes and effects of the example overweight/obesity were depicted in their interrelatedness in a qualitative model within and across the dimensions health, environment, economy, and society.

Results: NutriMod facilitates problem analysis by visualizing the multitude of interrelated factors and promoting awareness to dynamics, multicausality, and multidimensionality. It allows considering key factors, underlying causes, and feedback loops. It supports discipline-transcending problem solving and predicting impacts of measurements.

Conclusions: Modeling helps to understand complex health issues and to deal with their complexity and knowledge fragmentation.

Keywords: COMPLEXITY; NUTRITION ECOLOGY; NUTRITION-ECOLOGICAL MODELING (NUTRIMOD); OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY; QUALITATIVE MODELING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.35.5.5

Publication date: 2011-09-01

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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