U.K. medical journal The Lancet has announced establishment of a Commission on Obesity “to provide a multidisciplinary platform to contribute to accounting systems for action and to critically analyze the systemic drivers of, and solutions for, obesity.” The 22-member commission is a partnership among The Lancet, University of Auckland, George Washington University, and World Obesity Foundation.

The commission’s activities will reportedly build upon various U.N. initiatives targeting obesity and aim to “stimulate action and strengthen accountability systems for the implementation of agreed recommendations to reduce obesity and its related inequalities at global and national levels” and “develop new understandings of the underlying systems that are driving obesity,” among other things.

The group’s first meeting is scheduled for February 2016 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. See The Lancet, October 31, 2015.


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