National Obesity Strategies Must Go Beyond Sugar Taxes

The Lancet: Obesity: we need to move beyond sugar
Editorial Board

“…Obesity has been on the public health agenda for more than a decade in many countries with little effect. … [A]lthough national obesity strategies are welcome and much needed, they need to be comprehensive by involving all relevant government departments and also covering both prevention and treatment. … Any national strategy should have clear guidance on treatment of established overweight and obesity. … Obesity needs much more serious attention than countries and global health organizations are currently prepared to give. The goal of sugar reduction by introducing a sugar tax is a small step in the right direction. Nevertheless, it should not distract us from the need for far deeper and broader measures” (1/16).

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