Pressed by lack of financial means, low-income social groups often choose to buy foods high in calories and face difficulties in accessing facilities for physical activity, said participants at a European parliamentary symposium on obesity.
The first European Parliamentary symposium on the fight against obesity took place on 18 October 2007. Under discussion were, among others, the role of education, information and awareness-raising in promoting balanced diets and encouraging physical activity.
“If we are urging people to lead healthy lifestyles, our message has to be supported by structural measures that are in line with it. People need to be given the possibility of choosing and buying healthy foods and accessing physical activity infrastructure,” said Maria Iglesia-Gomez from the Commission directorate-general for health and consumer protection.
Stakeholders also debated ways to cure obesity as well as the food industry’s commitments to increasing healthy choice through product innovation.