The international medical journal The Lancet is partnering with the World Obesity Federation, the University of Auckland and the George Washington University to support the Lancet Commission on Obesity, which is being co-chaired by Professor Boyd Swinburn (University of Auckland) and Professor Bill Dietz (George Washington University).
The Commission aims to stimulate action on obesity and strengthen accountability systems for the implementation of agreed recommendations to reduce obesity and its related inequalities and to develop new understandings of the underlying systems that are driving obesity in order to develop innovative approaches towards making those systems less obesogenic. The Commission aims to publish a biennial World Obesity Report showing progress towards national and global targets for obesity prevalence, along with progress towards the implementation of policies and actions to tackle the drivers of obesity.
Leaders must take a hard line against powerful commercial interests and rethink global economic incentives within the food system in order to tackle the joint pandemics of obesity, undernutrition a
Professor Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). She was Director of RegNet...