Addressing the global health challenge of obesity

The Academy of Medical Sciences and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia convened a policy workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 2-3rd October on addressing the global health challenge of obesity.

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The Academy of Medical Sciences and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia convened a policy workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 2-3rd October on addressing the global health challenge of obesity.

This two-day policy workshop, chaired by Professor Datuk Dr Lai Meng Looi FASc and Professor Andrew Prentice FMedSci, enabled discussions with key stakeholders on the drivers of obesity, and the measures that can be taken to prevent it. 

Obesity is a global epidemic that places a huge economic burden on healthcare systems, and presents a major health risk for individuals. Despite its low prevalence in Asia however, Malaysia suffers from the highest levels of obesity in the continent, with nearly half of the adult population classified as obese or overweight.

As such, the principal objective of this workshop was to consider obesity in Malaysia, as well as more globally, and to ask how we can achieve a more coherent and consistent approach to respond to the health challenges that arise from it.

This workshop brought together evidence on the prevalence, burden and determinants of obesity, and consider how health systems are responding through the provision of effective programmes for prevention and treatment. Participants ideintified gaps in our knowledge, considered lessons learnt from different countries, and informed the new Academy of Sciences Malaysia research strategy.

A written report has been produced and can be downloaded to the right of this page. This has been disseminated to relevant UK, Malaysian, and stakeholders in other countries, with key suggestions of the next steps to address obesity in Malaysia, the UK, and worldwide.

This workshop was funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund that aims to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Visit our GCRF webpage to read more about the fund.

 

 

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