On 18 March the UNU International Institute for Global Health will host a public talk on “Multi-level Determinants of Obesity in the Asia-Pacific Region: Food System Governance, Social Policy and Consumer Preferences”. The event will start from 10:00 AM at the UNU-IIGH building in Kuala Lumpur.
In this talk, Dr. Jane Dixon (Senior Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University) will argue that while levels of obesity are rising across the Asia-Pacific region, country specific policies, level of economic development, cultural histories and desired standards of living undermine the efficacy of regional obesity prevention plans. Dr. Dixon will explore how such plans are necessary, as they provide basic principles to guide healthy eating and activity interventions and monitoring, but also how these plans are insufficient.
Dr. Dixon will illustrate — through empirical studies that have been conducted in Australia, the Cook Islands, Thailand and Japan — how national and sub-population policy actions need to be tailored to local economic, cultural and governance conditions to achieve a necessary ecological public health response which is on the one hand trans-border, and on the other highly embedded in local conditions.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to contact the event organizers please see the event page on the UNU-IIGH website.
UNU-IIGH Building, UKM Medical Centre
Jalan Yaacob Latiff, Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras
56000, Kuala Lumpur