Obesity Crisis in Southeast Asia: Issues, Challenges, and Policy Pathways

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•05•17    09:00 - 2017•05•18    17:00
    Kuala Lumpur

    The UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) will convene an international conference to address the issues, challenges, and policy pathways for obesity in South-East Asia. As economic development accelerates in the region, globalisation becomes a key factor that drives the marketing of unsafe food and unhealthy lifestyles. The conference will explore the following thematic issues in the prevention and control of obesity in South-East Asia:

    • trade, investment, and globalisation as drivers of noncommunicable diseases (obesity)
    • the potential and limits of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as tools for prevention and control of obesity
    • the relevance of norms and governance mechanisms (including the right to health; right to food)
    • challenges in implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, the WHO Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, and the Rome Declaration of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)
    • policy challenges of managing food taxes and subsidies to promote a healthy diet
    • implementation of public awareness programmes, health education/promotion, and strategies to achieve non-binding targets (e.g., voluntary target of 30% reduction of salt/sodium intake; replacing saturated with unsaturated fat)
    • engagement with the private sector (food industry), civil society, and professional bodies, and challenges in building public-private partnerships for healthy diet and nutrition
    • bilateral and regional cooperation within the ASEAN region

    For more information, or to register, see the event announcement on the UNU-IIGH website.