Global health and NCDs

World Obesity is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and is actively engaged with international health policy agendas. We have contributed to the development of WHO guidelines on nutrient profiling, on monitoring the marketing of foods and beverage to children and to WHO recommendations on child obesity. Most recently our global health work has focused on the global efforts to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs), for which obesity and food environments are major risk factors.

Our global health activities have included:

  • Working to support advocacy efforts around the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs held in September 2011
  • Working to ensure the inclusion of obesity and childhood obesity in the WHO global targets 
  • Contributing to on-going consultation on the World Health Organisation’s Global Monitoring Framework for NCDs 
  • Collaborating with partners on The Lancet Obesity series, the first of which was published in September 2011 with the second due out September 2013 
  • Disseminating findings from a number of European Commission funded projects on obesity including Toybox (obesity in early years), Stanmark (marketing) and Spotlight (strategies to tackle obesity)
  • Working to develop a framework on managing conflicts of interest through the Conflicts of Interest Coalition 
  • Contributing to the post-2015 development agenda, in particular working to ensure that health and NCDs are included 
  • Member of the NCDs and Development Advocacy Task Force, established by the UK Health Forum