The Lancet highlights obesity in time for United Nations high-level NCD meeting

The August 26, 2011 issue of The Lancet is dedicated to the global obesity epidemic. The issue was timed to coincide with the upcoming United Nations high-level  meeting concerning non-communicable diseases. The first high profile global meeting dedicated to obesity was sponsored by the World Economic Forum in 2004.  Seven years later, the obesity epidemic is spreading to urban areas in developing countries. 


Below is The Lancet's overview of its obesity issue

This four-part Series critically examines what we know about the global obesity pandemic: its drivers, its economic and health burden, the physiology behind weight control and maintenance, and what science tells us about the kind of actions that are needed to change our obesogenic environment and reverse the current tsunami of risk factors for chronic diseases in future generations. 

The first paper looks at the global drivers of the epidemic; the second paper analyses obesity trends in the USA and UK, and their impact on prevalence of diseases and healthcare spending. The third paper introduces a new web-based bodyweight simulation model, that incorporates metabolic adaptations that occur with decreasing bodyweight; and the final paper assesses the interventions needed to halt and reverse the epidemic. Its authors conclude that the changes needed are likely to require many sustained interventions at several levels, but that national governments should take the lead. 


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Comment by Marisel Brown on August 30, 2011 at 6:34pm

Malnutrition refers to too much/too little of any nutient that are leads to less than optimum health.  So in a sense we are looking at a specific outcome of malnutrition.  That is my guess as someone whose last memory of a nutrition class is junior high home economics.

Comment by Jeff Meer on August 30, 2011 at 2:34pm
Obesity has become an extremely complex issue, especially in the context of global health.  Perhaps for the first time in human history, we confront the fact that around the world, and especially in less developed countries, there is significant obesity and undernutrition among members of the same households.  Perhaps  the terms "obesity" and "malnutrition" have outlived their usefulness.  Should we instead be discussing "malnutrition?"

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