Serendipity got me interested in children’s diets and physical activity. (Long story; ask me about it when we meet!) While initially focused on chronic disease prevention among children through healthier diets and physical activity, especially involving families, the emerging pediatric obesity epidemic focused my work on obesity prevention, which is another path to adult chronic disease prevention.
In my belief we have not been sufficiently self critical of our conceptual frameworks, measurement or intervention methods. We seem to be repeating our mistakes. Accordingly I have advocated for substantial incremental innovation in all aspects of intervention design, delivery, measurement and evaluation. Colleagues outside the USA have conducted important work in many of these areas. There needs to be more sharing and collaboration across national borders. The final chapters in this book haven’t been conceived, no less written. Lots of opportunities for high quality research.