Successful Policies to Fight Obesity

Healthy food in heart and cholesterol diet conceptAre there any successful policies and programs to fight overweight and obesity? USCIB responded to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Global Forum request for answers to this important question.

“All facets of society, including the private sector, have an important role to play in helping to reduce the incidence and burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” USCIB said in comments submitted to the FAO on June 30. “This view is supported by World Health Organization (WHO) and OECD strategies recognizing that NCD solutions require a whole-of-society approach, multi-sectoral actions, and collaboration among governments, civil society and the private sector. Given the complex and multi-factorial nature of NCDs, it is essential that all stakeholders work together to develop holistic, sustainable solutions.”

The comments note that the food and beverage industry’s efforts to prevent NCDs are guided by sound, science-based polices that include:

  • Providing a range of nutritious product choices and marketing them in ways that promote healthy lifestyles
  • Improving awareness and understanding of nutrition and energy balance
  • Communicating clearly through labeling, packaging, websites, brochures, and in-store communications to enable consumers to make informed choices
  • Undertaking responsible advertising practices, taking into account the special needs of children
  • Emphasizing the importance of achieving a balance throughout life of physical activity and nutrition
  • Partnering with other stakeholders in these endeavors.

The comments also list several examples of voluntary industry efforts that have contributed to the fight against obesity and other NCDs.

Read USCIB’s comments.

Staff Contact:   Michael Michener

VP, Product Policy and Innovation & Acting Program/Policy Co-Lead
Tel: 202.617.3159

Michael Michener is USCIB’s vice president of product policy and innovation, joining USCIB in early 2017. Michener is a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service who has also served as a U.S. trade diplomat and association executive. Michener most recently served in Brussels as director of multilateral relations for CropLife International, representing the association before a range of international organizations – including the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, the UN Environment Program and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – on issues related to crop protection products and agriculture biotechnology.
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