Obesity and the Economics of Prevention: Fit not Fat by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

By Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Weight problems has risen to the pinnacle of the general public healthiness coverage time table all over the world. prior to 1980, charges have been as a rule good less than 10%. they've got on account that doubled or tripled in lots of international locations, and in nearly half the OECD, 50% or extra of the inhabitants is obese. A key possibility issue for various persistent ailments, weight problems is an incredible public wellbeing and fitness quandary. there's a renowned belief that reasons for the weight problems epidemic are easy and options within sight. however the facts display a extra advanced photo, one within which even discovering goal proof at the phenomenon is hard. coverage makers, health and wellbeing execs and teachers all face demanding situations in knowing the epidemic and devising powerful counter options. This ebook contributes to evidence-based coverage making by means of exploring a number of dimensions of the weight problems challenge. It examines the size and features of the epidemic, the respective roles and impact of industry forces and governments, and the impression of interventions. It outlines an monetary method of the prevention of persistent illnesses that offers novel insights relative to a extra conventional public healthiness technique. The research was once undertaken by way of the OECD, partially in collaboration with the realm future health association. the most chapters are complemented via exact contributions from health and wellbeing and weight problems specialists, together with Marc Suhrcke, Tim Lobstein, Donald Kenkel and Francesco Branca. "This publication provides a priceless set of effects and proposals in regards to the most sensible preventive interventions to minimize the load of weight problems. it is going to relief any state involved in this burden in defining public guidelines geared toward changing present trends." Julio Frenk, Dean, Harvard university of Public wellbeing and fitness "The confident message of this e-book is that the weight problems epidemic might be effectively addressed via finished recommendations related to a number of interventions directed at contributors and populations." Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General, global overall healthiness association "This cutting edge and well-researched ebook combines insights from a variety of disciplines. It offers a transparent exposition of the facts that coverage makers have to take action." Martin McKee, Professor of eu Public health and wellbeing, London institution of Hygiene & Tropical medication

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