“Rising rural body-mass index is the main driver of the global obesity epidemic in adults” – link for the paper is here
Researchers from CIAS, contributed for a new paper published yesterday on Nature. The study, a NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC), challenge the idea that general BMI trends are mainly a result of urbanization and shows that weight gain in rural areas is the main factor currently driving the obesity epidemic.
The study by the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration challenges us to create programmes and policies that are rurally focused to prevent increased weight gain — a major global gap. Several fiscal and regulatory approaches can reach rural areas globally. These range from programmes that combine comprehensive marketing controls, school-food controls and labels on ultra-processed foods, such as those instituted in Chile, to the taxation of unhealthy ultra-processed foods and beverages, as in Mexico. These are national programmes that require national legislation and are being implemented in an increasing number of LMICs. However, countries must coordinate multiple regulatory and fiscal programmes similar to those in Chile to truly have an impact on people’s behaviour.
The paper even made to the homepage banner of Nature’s website.
Nature 569, 200-201 (2019)