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Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition • FSN Forum

Re: Are there any successful policies and programmes to fight overweight and obesity?

Keith Kline
Keith Kline Oak Ridge National LaboratoryUnited States of America

Rodrigo’s summary was excellent but omitted two key items:

(a) consistent and clear food labeling (see my prior message on this topic)

(b) institutional support and coping mechanisms for at-risk populations

Example: There are 3,143 county jurisdictions in USA. And one single county, Holmes County in Mississippi, is now famous because it is both the US county with the highest obesity rate (47%), AND the US county documented as the “most food insecure” by USDA. Nearly 40 percent of children there have poor access to food. The common denominator is poverty and a lack of social services.   

http://www.usnews.com/news/slideshows/study-the-worst-us-counties-for-your-health

Keith L. Kline 
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