Obesity crisis taken world by surprise in 2013

Obesity crisis taken world by surprise in 2013

Professor Shiriki Kumanyika, of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the International Obesity Task Force, and chair of a panel that wrote an obesity report for the World Innovation Summit for Health in Doha, has made some damning comments about our leisurely approach to the obesity crisis.

“The obesity pandemic has taken the world by surprise and there is an urgent need for bold solutions.  It is a relatively new problem and an unintended consequence of technological progress.  There is more of a contribution from overeating than there is from being inactive.  It is too easy to eat 500 or 1000 calories too many.  You can do that in one meal.  You can’t work off that number of extra calories in a normal routine.  There need to be big-picture changes on a global scale, but on a local level; schools, employers and primary health care have to be part of the solution.  We have to get a handle on food supply.  Our report recommends that countries find innovative and economically feasible ways to reshape their food system”
Professor Shiriki Kumanyika, University of Pennsylvania, member of the International Obesity Task Force, chair of a panel that wrote an obesity report for the World Innovation Summit for Health in Doha in December 2013.

As reported by The New Zealand Herald, The Australian and the AAP on December 12, 2013.


 

Posted: Sunday 9 February 2014