Childhood obesity prevention: coordinated approach gets results

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2,1 billion people, or nearly 30% of the world’s population, are either obese or overweight, one in five of them being children. As costs for obesity related diseases (diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular conditions etc.) continue to rise, already representing 1% to 3% of the total health expenditure in most countries, governments and decision-makers should focus their efforts on prevention. 

The third edition of the European Obesity Forum took place on September 25, 2015. The capital of Europe, Brussels, had the honour to receive a delegation of 100 scientists, researchers and those representing the programmes – all active in the domain of childhood obesity prevention and linked to the EPODE International Network organizers of the event. 

The EPODE methodology is a community-based approach that aims to include the entire community to make the healthy choice the easy one, and is built on 4 pillars: scientific evaluation, the support of public and private partners, social marketing techniques and local political willpower. 

EURACTIV spoke with Dr. Jean-Michel Borys, founder of the EPODE methodology and director of the EPODE European Network and four experts on how all actors work together to create a healthy environment. 

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