Understanding the conditions that make obesity so prevalent requires knowledge of policies and practices that affect food systems overall. Food assistance programs in the context of international development, for example, are intended to address world hunger but affect broader food systems in ways that likely influence obesity.
During this key lecture, intersections will be discussed around four food policy areas: obesity; hunger/food insecurity; agriculture and environment; and food safety. There is considerable depth of expertise in each area, but too little interaction across areas. Coordinated food policies could lead to wins across areas, stronger coalitions of groups supporting particular policies, and better anticipation of unintended consequences. A model for coordination of world policy will be presented, with special attention to implications for addressing obesity.
The Deepening Need to Connect Obesity to Broader Food System and Food Policy Issues
Kelly Brownell, PhD MD