Tackling childhood obesity – Discovery CEO Adrian Gore joins WHO committee

July 25, 2014

Discovery CEO Adrian Gore has been appointed to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. Tasked with identifying the best approaches to overcoming the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, the Commission is comprised of a variety of experts and co-chaired by Sir Peter David Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Dr Sania Nishtar, founder and President of Heartfile.

No single discipline can provide the groundwork for a strategic approach to tackling childhood obesity. Social scientists, public health specialists, clinical scientists and economists  are joining together to synthesize the best available evidence into a coherent plan. Experts responsible for maternal health and nutrition; child health, education and health literacy; physical activity; and public policy will also engage in the task.

The Commission will deliver its report to the WHO Director-General and the recommendations will be conveyed to the World Health Assembly.

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