BMJ: Making progress on the global crisis of obesity and weight management

6 July, 2018

This Analysis in the BMJ (30 June 2018) looks at 'Making progress on the global crisis of obesity and weight management'

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 13 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2538

Extract below. Full text here (free access):

'Many issues relating to the causes and treatment of obesity seem more controversial in the media than they are in the scientific community, partly because of commercial interests...

'Misinformation is also a problem. Governments can build platforms to foster culturally appropriate ways to maintain and healthy weight without further disadvantaging the more disadvantaged in society, distribute responsible information about obesity prevention weight management, and support more research to identify effective interventions. Teaching about calories and energy balance early in schools, together with prominent, ubiquitous, calorie labelling of foods, could provide valuable effects at low cost. Combined, these multiple initiatives could have a major effect on the global obesity epidemic and human health...'


Note (NPW): HIFA and the New York Law School have demonstrated that governments have a legal obligation under international human rights law to ensure that their citizens are adequately informed to protect their own health and the health of others. This includes information to prevent obesity and consequent non-communicable disease.

Best wishes, Neil

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