Harnessing Multi-Stakeholder action for Healthy Living in the AmericasFebruary 15th, 2013 | Posted by in Uncategorized
The epidemic of obesity, a condition which often begins in early childhood, has intensified throughout the world. The Americas is the most overweight, least active region of the world with 176 million obese people (103 million women and 73 million men) in 2005, or 26% of the population in the Americas is currently obese. However, this number could significantly increase to 289 million (164 million women and 125 million men) by 2015. Further, diet and obesity also strongly influence a variety of other chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, all of which are priorities mandated by the UN HLM and the PAHO Regional Strategy.
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