The past couple of weeks have been very encouraging for World Obesity Federation, with the publication of a number of key reports highlighting a growing momentum to raise awareness regarding the obesity epidemic and the role our surrounding environments play.
With a growing global prevalence of overweight and obesity, World Obesity Federation has been calling for the prevention, treatment and management to be included as part of essential health services within universal health coverage. The latest OECD report ‘The Heavy Burden of Obesity – The Economics of Prevention’ makes a compelling case for that. Furthermore, the latest UNICEF report ‘The State of the World’s Children 2019’ highlights the changing burden of malnutrition and the need for urgent action to reduce obesity, end hunger and improve the health of all our children. While this change in the burden of malnutrition has many roots, climate change has recently been at the center of attention as a key threat. As highlighted in the ‘2019 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change’, climate change is posing an increasing threat on our food environments.