- Unhealthy diets are responsible for 11 million preventable deaths globally per year
- The worldwide prevalence of obesity nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016
- Most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight
Once considered a problem for high-income countries, overweight and obesity are now on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, creating a double burden of disease caused from both underweight and overweight.
While these countries continue to deal with problems of infectious diseases and undernutrition, they are also experiencing a dramatic surge in non-communicable disease (NCDs) risk factors, such as overweight and obesity.
In the Pacific – where NCDs are responsible for 80 per cent of all deaths – three out of four adults are considered obese, leading to disastrous consequences to people and economies throughout the region.
To stem the rapidly growing overweight and obesity burden – and to meet global commitments, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals – governments must utilise law to shape people’s choices and the environments around them.
Implementing evidence-based policies that make regular physical activity and healthier dietary choices available, affordable and easily accessible to all people is vital to mitigate the burden, promote health and protect lives.
- Our alumni have worked on introducing a number of laws and policies such as Sugar-Sweetened Beverage taxes and other regulatory measures around the world, including Malaysia, Solomon Islands, and the Philippines.
- We have strengthened knowledge around the role of law to prevent NCDs within civil society organisations, co-organising events and delivering keynote presentations on the topic.
- We provide strategic advice to organisations such as the World Cancer Research Fund Policy Advisory Group, contributing to the Building Momentum Series Reports.