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Statement by Members of the Task Force on Prevention and Public Health of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO)

Författare och institution:
Lauren Lissner (Institutionen för medicin, avdelningen för samhällsmedicin och folkhälsa); V Tommy (-); P Kopelman (-); M Bes-Rastrollo (-); M Caroli (-); M Kunesova (-); M Lathi-Koski (-); D Mullerova (-); JM Oppert (-); A Reider (-); A Rissanen (-); J Seidell (-)
Publicerad i:
Obesity Facts, 2 ( 1 ) s. 54-55
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This document is signed by all members of the task force, who will contribute knowledge on the problem of obesity in the various regions of Europe. It is apparent from the wide range of available prevalence estimates that the magnitude of the obesity epidemic varies across Europe. However certain similarities are present, including consistent but varying increases in prevalence in all countries from the end of the 20th century to the present, together with clear inverse socioeconomic gradients. The lack of harmonized surveillance efforts across Europe makes international monitoring and comparative assessments imprecise at best. A particularly worrisome aspect of this epidemic is the recently observed increase in the proportion of European children with overweight and obesity. The Task Force is in agreement that the epidemic reflects changing lifestyles and environments and that prevention can only be achieved by identifying and arresting these trends, a statement that has been repeated by many groups advocating obesity prevention over the years. For instance, in 1999 the Milan Declaration was made on behalf of all members of the EASO, resolving to support the development of coherent national and Europe-wide strategies for the prevention and management of overweight and obesity. Since then, there have been recent steps to develop a public health strategy for obesity prevention across Europe, including most notably the 2006 European Ministerial Conference on Counteracting Obesity in the European Region. At that time, all member states of WHO Europe met in Istanbul and explicitly agreed on an ecological approach to fighting the obesity epidemic, with a charter recognizing that counteracting obesity requires a multidisciplinary effort with a timeline for improvements ( document/E89567.pdf). In this context, the vision of our Task Force is to provide guidance and leadership to researchers, governments, and agencies that are trying to fulfill the charter developed in Istanbul and other recent initiatives. Specifically, we will support and strengthen research and interventions to improve prevention of obesity across Europe, within the framework of the EASO.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Hälsovetenskaper ->
Folkhälsovetenskap, global hälsa, socialmedicin och epidemiologi ->
Folkhälsomedicinska forskningsområden
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Posten skapad:
2012-01-20 08:54
Posten ändrad:
2012-06-07 11:45

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