Global obesity levels calculated by Australian researchers

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 26th August 2011

New research by Professor Boyd Swinburn and Gary Sacks, with the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Obesity at Deakin University, Melbourne, has found that global obesity rates began to rise in the 1970s, and that by 2008 an estimated 1.46 billion adults were overweight while a further 502 million were obese.

The research paper concludes that the changes needed are likely to require many sustained interventions at several levels, but that national governments should take the lead.

Professor Swinburn says, “We now know enough that can be translated to a whole-of-country scale. In our research and the research of others, we’ve been able to specify and model several policy interventions which are highly cost effective and feasible but they are not being implemented due to the counter lobby power of the food industry and other private sector interests.”