Developing an obesity intervention in Micronesia: From needs assessment to planning.
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Evidence-based obesity reduction programs in the Pacific are scarce to nonexistent. Using a community-based participatory research model (CBPR) we developed a collaboration between our university and a small Pacific Island nation. We established an advisory council of local stakeholders and then conducted an extensive needs assessment with youth, parents, professionals, and lay public. Only 9% of participants had tried a weight loss program. There was a strong tendency to engage in binge-eating cycles; difficulty eating healthy during frequent community celebrations with few healthy food options available in general; and limited traditions that involved physical activity. Participants wanted to learn how to increase their physical activity, make healthier food choices, and learn to reward themselves for healthy behaviors. Diets were most frequently high in energy or protein foods, followed by starch, sugary and fried foods; they ate vegetables and fruits least often. Together, our team then created the culturally relevant Fit Kit Palau