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Title: Social entrepreneurship in obesity prevention: A scoping review
Authors: Chia, Audrey 
Ong, Junyu
Bundele, Anjali 
Lim, Yee Wei 
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Endocrinology & Metabolism
obesity prevention
public health
social entrepreneurship
Issue Date: 28-Nov-2021
Publisher: WILEY
Citation: Chia, Audrey, Ong, Junyu, Bundele, Anjali, Lim, Yee Wei (2021-11-28). Social entrepreneurship in obesity prevention: A scoping review. OBESITY REVIEWS 23 (3). ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We conducted a scoping review of social ventures in obesity and developed a taxonomy of their interventions and business models. Sources included PubMed, Business Source Premier, ABI Inform, Factiva, Google, Facebook, Twitter, social entrepreneurship networks (Ashoka, Skoll, and Schwab), and social entrepreneurship competitions. Our review identified 512 social ventures in 32 countries; 93% originated from developed countries. Their areas of intervention included diet and nutrition, urban farming, physical activity, access to healthy food, and health literacy. They addressed factors beyond health such as education, affordability, employment, and the built and natural environments. To support their programs of work, social ventures developed various business models with multiple revenue or resource streams. Social ventures designed double-duty interventions that were aligned with additional meaningful social or environmental objectives. This “bundling” of objectives allowed social ventures to appeal to a wider target audience. Most of the social ventures were initiated, supported, or sustained by local communities. Social ventures offer financially self-sufficient approaches to obesity reduction and could potentially relieve the burden on healthcare systems. Policymakers should consider social entrepreneurs as partners in obesity prevention.
ISSN: 14677881
DOI: 10.1111/obr.13378
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