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OBESITY ISN'T JUST DOMESTIC, IT'S INTERNATIONAL. HOW CAN WE DEAL WITH IT GLOBALLY? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Obesity is a global problem and requires global solutions, a recent series in the Lancet illustrates. Michael Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says one cabinet level change should be made in every government.

KLAG: Well I believe that there should be not necessarily a minister of health, but that every cabinet position should have health in it. So if you look at what influences health on a population basis decisions about transportation, food policy, sustainable agriculture, how we support farmers, all those things influence our health. You have to ask yourself what is it in the way we live, the environment, that influences this characteristic? Genes haven't changed. There's been no change in genes, what's changed is over the last twenty, thirty years, is what we eat and how we live. :35

Such government level intervention will be necessary to stem the tide of obesity, both Klag and the Lancet series conclude. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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