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International Obesity Task Force report outlines obesity prevention strategy

Obesity forecast to double experts warn as business, economics and health leaders meet in Montreal to plan new childhood obesity prevention strategy

The International Obesity Task Force gave alarming new forecasts for obesity rates among children and adults to a think tank in Montreal. They say that nearly 287 million children could be overweight or obese by 2010 – 85% more than a decade earlier. But the overall obese population could rise to more than 700 million by 2015, with nearly 2.3 billion overweight globally – without taking account a lower overweight threshold set for Asians.  

 They also launched a new report. This outlines a series of the key measures needed to address the obesity epidemic, including price, availability and marketing.

 Read more: Press release, International Obesity TaskForce, 25 Oct 2006

Global strategies to prevent childhood obesity: Forging a societal plan that works

Read the IOTF report (PDF)

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Read more: Food Navigator, 27 Oct 2006

Canada: Food ads making kids heavy, expert warns

Read more: Canada.com, 27 Oct 2006

Published on October 25, 2006 in International news