Leaders must take a hard line against powerful commercial interests and rethink global economic incentives within the food system in order to tackle the joint pandemics of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change, according to a new report released by the Lancet Commission on Obesity.
A key recommendation from the Lancet Commission is the call to establish a new global treaty on food systems to limit the political influence of transnational food and beverage firms that undermine health for people and planet.
Led by the University of Auckland (New Zealand), George Washington University (USA), and the World Obesity Federation (UK), the new Lancet Commission is the result of a three-year project led by 43 commissioners and fellows with diverse expertise from 14 countries. Vivica Kraak, associate professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, was involved in this effort.
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