Title Obesity (Human Development Perspectives)
Subtitle Health and Economic Consequences of an Impending Global Challenge
Author Meera Shekar, Barry Popkin
ISBN 9781464814914
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 234
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher The World Bank
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This report, Obesity: Health and Economic Consequences of an Impending Global Challenge, is timely; it complements recent and forthcoming technical reports on this issue. It is also at the core of the World Bank’s Human Capital Project, which highlights the importance of investing in people to boost economic growth. The report reviews the changing epidemiology of overweight/obesity; current trends globally and by region, gender, and age; the health and economic costs, and the potential impacts of failure to address it, including on the climate; the potential effectiveness of policies and interventions; and country experiences and lessons learned, particularly with diet-related taxes and other preventive actions across several sectors. It puts forward a call to action for next steps in fighting this growing challenge.




About the Editors



Executive Summary • What This Report Does • Obesity: The Problem Defined • The Health and Economic Costs of Obesity • Factors Affecting Obesity • Opportunities to Address Obesity • Country Experience to Date • Conclusions and Next Steps

Chapter 1. Why This Report Now? (Meera Shekar) Overweight/Obesity: A Ticking Time Bomb • A Drain on National Economies and an Imperative for Government Action • Global Attention to Overweight/Obesity • What Is New in This Report? • Notes • References

Chapter 2. Prevalence and Trends (Julia Dayton Eberwein, Vanessa Oddo, Jonathan Kweku Akuoku, Kyoko Shibata Okamura, Barry Popkin, and Meera Shekar) What Is Overweight/Obesity? • Global Overweight/Obesity Prevalence • Global and Regional Trends in Overweight/Obesity over Time • The Equity Perspective • The Double Burden of Malnutrition • Annex 2A: Prevalence of Overweight/Obesity: Additional Tables and Figures • Notes • References

Chapter 3. Health and Economic Impacts of Overweight/Obesity (Pia Schneider, Barry Popkin, Meera Shekar, Julia Dayton Eberwein, Charlotte Block, and Kyoko Shibata Okamura) The Health Impact: Why Overweight/Obesity Matters • The Economic Costs of Overweight/Obesity • The Economic Factors That Affect Overweight/Obesity • The Role of Government • The Cost of Overweight/Obesity for Climate Co-Benefits and Water Use • Notes • References

Chapter 4. Factors Affecting Overweight/Obesity Prevalence (Barry Popkin, Julia Dayton Eberwein, and Kyoko Shibata Okamura) Global Factors Associated with Increased Overweight/Obesity • Factors Linked to Weight Gain and Overweight/ Obesity at the Individual and Community Levels • The Role of Changing Diets and Food Systems • Impetus for Action • References

Chapter 5. Addressing Overweight/Obesity: Lessons for Future Actions (Barry Popkin, Pia Schneider, and Meera Shekar) Typology of Actions to Prevent Overweight/Obesity • Approaches to Reducing Overweight/Obesity • Taxation for Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: Design, Impact, and Challenges • Diet-Related Taxation • Country Experience with Other Diet-Related Programs and Policies • Lessons for Overweight/Obesity Prevention Strategies from Nine Country Case Studies • Key Interventions with Potential for Impact • Notes • References

Chapter 6. Business Unusual: How Can Development Partners Support Countries to Fight Obesity? (Meera Shekar and Anne Marie Provo) The Role of Development Partners in Supporting Countries to Prevent Overweight/Obesity • Is There Potential for Business Unusual? • Strategic Area 1: Leveraging the Range of Tools to Scale Up Investments • Strategic Area 2: Scaling Up Promising Interventions and Policies • Strategic Area 3: Building the Evidence and Knowledge Base across Sectors • Conclusions and Next Steps: The Opportunities and the Challenges • References





About the Editors:

Barry Popkin is the W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). He developed the concept of the Nutrition Transition—the study of the dynamic shifts in our environment and the way they affect dietary intake, physical activity patterns and trends, and obesity and other nutrition-related non-communicable diseases. His research program focuses globally on understanding the shifts in stages of the transition and programs and policies to improve the population health linked with this transition. He is actively involved in work on the program and policy design and evaluation in the United States and globally, including collaborative research with colleagues in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and South Africa, for example. He has a PhD in economics. He has received many major awards for his global contributions, including the 2016 World Obesity Society: Population Science and Public Health Award for top global public health researcher, the UK Rank Science Prize, and the Friends of Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award of the Obesity Society.

Meera Shekar is Global Lead for nutrition with the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, managing key partnerships and firmly positioning nutrition within the World Bank’s new initiative on Human Capital. She steered the repositioning of the nutrition agenda that led to the new global Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and was a founding member of the Catalytic Financing Facility for Nutrition that evolved into the Power of Nutrition. She is chair of the SUN executive committee and has been one of the principals for the aid-architecture for nutrition within the G-8 and G-20 agenda-setting process. She led the development of the first global Investment Framework for Nutrition and co-leads (with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) the Nutrition Financing working group for the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) summit to be hosted by Japan in 2020. She has a PhD in international nutrition, epidemiology, and population studies from Cornell University; has consulted and published extensively; and is on various advisory boards and panels, including the Essential Living Standards index (forthcoming; Legatum Institute, UK; and the advisory group at Gates Ventures.

Target Audience:

This book is for the people interested in nutrition, overweight, obesity and their health and economic costs.

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