Upcoming UN health summit 'could be significant'

15 September 2011

The upcoming global conference tackling obesity, diabetes, heart and respiratory diseases could be a significant event in global health advancement, an expert has argued.

Dr Kate Allen, director of science and communications for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), claimed repercussions from the upcoming UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases could allow major advancements in cancer treatment, stem the rise in obesity and limit incidences of major heart problems.

"The only previous meeting of its kind on a health issue, about HIV/AIDS, saw governments around the world showing real leadership," explained Dr Allen.

She added that the WCRF wishes to see measures that will encourage people to be more active, will control the marketing of unhealthy foods and that will also "lead to a healthy food supply".

The comments echo similar recommendations from a House of Lords report in July, which called for restrictions on advertising high sugar and fat foods during hours when children watch TV.

Posted by Philip Briggs

1 Behaviour Change, Science and Technology Committee, July 2011

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