Tackling of unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and obesity: Health effects and cost-effectiveness

Cecchini, Michele, Sassi, Franco, Lauer, Jeremy A., Lee, Yong Y., Guajardo-Barron, Veronica and Chisholm, Daniel (2010) Tackling of unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and obesity: Health effects and cost-effectiveness. The Lancet, 376 9754: 1775-1784. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61514-0

Author Cecchini, Michele
Sassi, Franco
Lauer, Jeremy A.
Lee, Yong Y.
Guajardo-Barron, Veronica
Chisholm, Daniel
Title Tackling of unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and obesity: Health effects and cost-effectiveness
Journal name The Lancet   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0140-6736
Publication date 2010-11-11
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61514-0
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 376
Issue 9754
Start page 1775
End page 1784
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher The Lancet Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject 2700 Medicine
Abstract The obesity epidemic is spreading to low-income and middle-income countries as a result of new dietary habits and sedentary ways of life, fuelling chronic diseases and premature mortality. In this report we present an assessment of public health strategies designed to tackle behavioural risk factors for chronic diseases that are closely linked with obesity, including aspects of diet and physical inactivity, in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa. England was included for comparative purposes. Several population-based prevention policies can be expected to generate substantial health gains while entirely or largely paying for themselves through future reductions of health-care expenditures. These strategies include health information and communication strategies that improve population awareness about the benefits of healthy eating and physical activity; fiscal measures that increase the price of unhealthy food content or reduce the cost of healthy foods rich in fibre; and regulatory measures that improve nutritional information or restrict the marketing of unhealthy foods to children. A package of measures for the prevention of chronic diseases would deliver substantial health gains, with a very favourable cost-effectiveness profile.
Keyword Middle-income countries
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This is the third in a Series of five papers about chronic diseases 'Chronic Diseases: Chronic Diseases and Development'

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