The indicator system designed to monitor progress of the National Strategy for Overweight, Obesity and Diabetes Prevention and Control (known in Spanish as ENPCSOD) was developed by the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO-Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad A.C.) together with the Aspen Institute Mexico. The indicator system is a useful tool that:
* Enables a comparison of 67 indicators across the 32 Mexican states, in order to provide an assessment of the multiple factors that influence the development of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.
*Allows to make reasonable comparisons among noncommunicable diseases risk factors that might serve as a basis for establishing evidence-based public policy
Despite its usefulness, this tool has some limitations:
*It does not allow to establish causality between the results and the reference indicators.
*It is not possible to identify which components exert greater or lesser effect upon the reference indicators.
*It does not pretend to be the only tool to determine ENPCSOD performance.