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.Ongoing
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.
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 is being produced and will be 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.
The organisation of this workshop is being overseen by a steering committee based in both Malaysia and the UK. The steering committee members are:
Co-chair: Academician Distinguished Professor Datuk Dr Lai Meng Looi FASc, Distinguished Professor and Senior Consultant Histopathologist, University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Co-chair: Professor Andrew Prentice FMedSci, Professor of International Nutrition, MRC International Nutrition Group at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK)
Emeritus Professor Dr Khor Geok Lin FASc, retired Dean, School of Health Sciences, International Medical University
Professor Dato’ Dr Anuar Zaini Md Zain FASc, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University
Professor Dr Lee Yeong Yeh, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Professor Abhimanyu Veerakumarasivam, Director, Scientific Foundations, Perdana University
Professor George Griffin FMedSci, Vice President, International, Academy of Medical Sciences
Professor Lucilla Poston FMedSci, Tommys Campaign Professor of Maternal & Fetal Health, Kings College London
Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health, University of Oxford
Professor Nick Wareham, Director of the MRC Epidemiology Unit, Medical Research Council
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