Lancet Commission Puts Focus on Syndemic of Obesity, Malnutrition and Climate Change in New Report

30 January, 2019

Malnutrition in all its forms, including undernutrition, obesity, and other dietary risks for non-communicable diseases, is by far the biggest cause of illness and premature death globally and in coming years, the health impacts of climate change will significantly exacerbate this burden. The IAP applauds the Lancet Commission’s new report on the global syndemic of obesity, malnutrition and climate change. The IAP appreciates seeing the reinforcement of everyone’s, and, in particular, the governments’ and the private sector’s responsibility and accountability to effectively tackle obesity, malnutrition and non-communicable diseases to achieve the 2030 agenda more broadly. The IAP fully concurs with the recommendations of the Commission, including the call for a binding international convention to promote healthy diets and restrict marketing of unhealthy commodities and urges global stakeholders to implement its recommendations together with the actions outlined in IAP’s 2018 report: Private Sector: Who is Accountable? 

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