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Addressing Childhood Obesity Critical, Requires Societal, Systems Change

The Lancet: Managing the tide of childhood obesity
Editorial Board

“In less than one generation, the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity has risen in most high-income countries … Obesity is also on the rise in low-income and middle-income countries, with undernutrition-related stunting and obesity creating a double burden of disease for populations. … With an estimated 2·1 billion people overweight globally, tackling childhood obesity is one of the most serious challenges of our generation, requiring a societal and systems change in our approach to food, lifestyle, and the environments children grow up in” (6/20).

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