Government Action to Tackle Obesity

Chapter

Abstract

The complexity of obesity means that progress to reduce the population burden of ill-health will only be achieved through an integrated strategy for prevention and treatment. The scale of this challenge demands that governments around the world take on a leadership role, developing and monitoring a comprehensive program of action and working in partnership with a broad range of actors across society to mobilize change. Whether national governments can make sufficient impact to reverse the rise in obesity without the explicit engagement of individual citizens taking greater personal responsibility for their diet and activity habits is not yet clear, but it stands to reason that progress will be maximized when government and citizens are working together.

Keywords

Obesity Government Policy Strategy Leadership 

Notes

Conflicts of Interest

SAJ was an independent Science Advisor on Obesity to the Department of Health in England (2007–2012) and is currently Chair of the Public Health Responsibility Deal Food Network.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human Nutrition ResearchMedical Research CouncilCambridgeUK

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