Obesity: Time for global action


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Obesity-related diseases are now among the top three killers across the globe. Long believed to be a problem exclusive to high-income countries, over 70 percent of the world’s 2 billion overweight/obese individuals live in low- or middle-income countries.

Faced with increasing disability, mortality, health care costs and lower productivity, obesity is a growing concern for all countries regardless of income level. Countries across the globe are suffering from the “double-burden of malnutrition”— where people are overfed yet undernourished.

To avoid the rise of obesity in future generations, governments and development partners must adopt a comprehensive approach, which requires improvements in primary health systems and a strong focus on preventative measures.

Join us on February 6, 2020 at 9:00-10:30AM (EST)* for the launch of our new report as we discuss the health and economic consequences of obesity.

*Other timezones: London, UK (GMT): 2:00PM-3:30PM; Mexico City, Mexico (CST): 8:00AM-9:30AM; Islamabad, Pakistan: 7:00PM-8:30PM



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Priyanka Ripley

Digital communications consultant with the Health, Nutrition and Population communications team

Join the Conversation

Emmanuel Kunle Oladejo
February 10, 2020

Yes,obesity is becoming a big problem,the worst aspect of it is that obese individuals in developing countries see it as a sign of good living. Its time to take action because of its attendant health risks

Ernesto Pérez Rodríguez
February 10, 2020

Are the Health taxes an effective tool to reduce obbesity-related diseases?

February 10, 2020

Taxes on unhealthy foods help to reduce demand and consumption of these foods and thus are one tool to improve dietary intakes, as are subsidies on healthy foods. These are not a panacea – but simply one such tool that has the best impact if implemented as part of a comprehensive strategy in combination with several other tools such as nutrient profiling and labeling of processed foods, marketing campaigns on healthy foods and physical activity, and regulation of marketing of unhealthy foods to young children, and promoting physical exercise by including playgrounds and exercise facilities in urban design and transport --–all depending on the country contexts. Evidence from Chile, Mexico and the UK and several other countries shows that these measures help to reduce intakes of unhealthy foods which can, over time, reduce obesity.

February 10, 2020

This is a right time to focus on “double burden of malnutrition” (DBM). DBM is no longer limited to low-income countries. No country is untouched.

Raghavendra Guru Srinivasan
February 10, 2020


Bittu kumar
February 10, 2020