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Addressing Overweight/Obesity: Lessons for Future Actions

Citation

Popkin, Barry M.; Schneider, Pia; & Shekar, Meera (2020). Addressing Overweight/Obesity: Lessons for Future Actions. In Shekar, Meera & Popkin, Barry M. (Eds.), Obesity: Health and Economic Consequences of an Impending Global Challenge (pp. 109-68). Washington, D.C.: The World Bank.

Abstract

Argues that the reasons for rapid increases in overweight/obesity across low- and middle-income countries include a combination of major shifts toward reduced physical activity and in food consumption patterns. Reducing excessive weight gain and ultimately reducing future overweight/obesity will require a multisectoral approach. Experience with physical activity improvements and obesity prevention remains limited to a handful of countries, mostly in the global north, but includes all forms of design, from buildings that make stairs an attractive option to active transport and urban design to incentivize and enable biking and walking. While fiscal policies linked mainly to sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes but also, in selected countries, to ultra-processed foods offer key interventions, other efforts include front-of-the-package labeling and related nutrition profiling models with warning labels. The most neglected area remains in food systems, including sectoral work related to farms, agribusinesses, food retailers, and food service chains as well as street vendors.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1596/978-1-4648-1491-4_ch5

Reference Type

Book Chapter

Book Title

Obesity: Health and Economic Consequences of an Impending Global Challenge

Series Title

Human Development Persepctives

Author(s)

Popkin, Barry M.
Schneider, Pia
Shekar, Meera

Editor(s)

Shekar, Meera
Popkin, Barry M.

Year Published

2020

Pages

109-68

Publisher

The World Bank

City of Publication

Washington, D.C.

Reference ID

13219